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Deputy Director General,
Dr Eklabya Sharma, Deputy Director General at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), is an ecologist with over 30 years of experience in developing, managing, and implementing programmes mainly on sustainable natural resource management in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.
Dr Sharma has a PhD in ecology from Banaras Hindu University, India, where he started his career in 1985 as a postdoctoral fellow. Between 1989 and 2001, he established the GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development in Sikkim, an autonomous regional research centre of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of the Government of India, as the founder Scientist In-Charge. In 1994, he spent some time at the University of Glasgow as a visiting scientist under the exchange programme between the Indian National Science Academy and the Royal Society of Great Britain. He joined ICIMOD in 2001 and has served as Programme Managers of Farming Systems; Natural Resources Management; Environmental Change and Ecosystem Services; and served six years as Director Programme Operations.
Dr Sharma has received many national and international awards including the Young Scientist Award of the Indian National Science Academy in 1988; Eminent Scientist Award from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India in 1995; and Honorable Mention Paper Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society, USA in 1999. He was elected Fellow of the National Institute of Ecology, New Delhi, India, in 1994; Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India, in 1999; and Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, India in 2014.. He has more than 180 publications to his credit, including 18 books, with the majority published in peer-reviewed international journals. He was the Chief Editor of the Journal of Hill Research published in Sikkim from 1992 to 1996 and was the Regional Editor for Asia of Mountain Research and Development between 2002 and 2010, and now serves on the international editorial board of this journal. He has supervised seven PhD theses on ecology, primarily dealing with natural resource management of the eastern Himalayas.
Dr Sharma has expertise in research and development related to mountain ecology. He has made contributions to diverse fields of work, including mountain ecosystem studies and ecosystem management; participatory mountain development focusing on natural resource management and protected areas; appropriate technology development, demonstration and capacity building of mountain communities on farm productivity and sustainable natural resource management; biodiversity conservation (scientific and participatory monitoring); transboundary landscape conservation and development; biodiversity and ecotourism in mountain areas; mountain farming systems specializing in linkages such as agroforestry, forests and agriculture; and biogeochemical cycling in ecosystems with a special thrust on nitrogen fixation, phosphorus solubilization and biological maintenance of soil fertility; watershed management including land use and land cover change, hydro-ecological linkages and carbon dynamics; and climate change impact assessments and adaptations.