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Senior Ecosystem Management Specialist
My role at ICIMOD is to coordinate with Regional Programmes, Themes and Initiatives in order to manage diverse ecosystems in the HKH mountain region. I develop tools and techniques, and gather evidence to demonstrate how sustainable use of natural resources can help increase food production, improve water and energy security, build climate resilience, and enhance economic growth and development in the HKH region.
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
The rich and diverse yet fragile ecosystems of the HKH region are exposed to unprecedented change. Despite many efforts, drivers of this change are yet to be fully understood. At ICIMOD I try to understand these drivers and their impact on ecosystem services to help people manage risks and benefits associated with these changes, for the good of both mountain societies and ecosystems.
What is your favourite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?
I cherish ICIMOD’s mission and values of using an integrated, multi-disciplinary, participatory and inclusive ecosystem-based management approach linking science, policy and practice to address critical yet common mountain issues of resilience, sustainable livelihoods, and poverty.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about learning about complex interactions between humans and their environment and exploring ways to strike a balance between conservation and livelihood/development.
I have a PhD in ecology from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and an MSc (Hons) in soil and environmental sciences with a concentration in agriculture from the University of Agriculture in Pakistan.
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