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Janita Gurung

Programme Coordinator - Kailash, Transboundary Landscapes

My role at ICIMOD

I coordinate our Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI), a transboundary initiative that brings together stakeholders from three countries – China, India and Nepal – to manage ecosystems and secure livelihoods of those living in the 30,000 sq. km landscape around the sacred Mount Kailash.

Janita Gurung

Q:

How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

A:

Nature knows no political boundaries, and hence I protect the pulse through the transboundary landscape approach. Working with researchers, community members, and locally elected and government officials, I function as the catalyst to bridge the science-practice divide so that our work can contribute to policy and decision-making that will produce lasting impacts on the communities.

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What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?

A:

ICIMOD has a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, and multi-talented working environment, and the diversity of perspectives is what I enjoy the most about working here.

Q:

What are you passionate about?

A:

To bring positive change in the lives of those I work with is my biggest motivation at work.

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My qualifications

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I am an ecologist by education with more than twenty years of experience in the field of conservation and development. Through both work and leisure, I have been fortunate to visit many of the mountain regions in the HKH and to personally experience the pressing issues there – all of which have contributed to my knowledge of the mountains.

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