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Kanchan Shrestha

Programme Coordinator, Koshi Basin Initiative, River Basins and Cryosphere

My role at ICIMOD

As the Programme Coordinator, I work with a diverse team of colleagues representing all themes and units at ICIMOD. I design and implement activities to improve water resource management and disaster risk reduction in the Koshi Basin. I also get to engage with a wide range of partners to enhance river basin management.

Kanchan Shrestha

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How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

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I bring together people from different disciplines to solve challenges like improving access to water and providing early warning for flash floods.

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

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I enjoy taking up new challenges and trying to resolve them. I appreciate the people I work with and learn a lot from my colleagues, partners and communities.

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What are you passionate about?

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I am passionate about building strong partnerships and generating new ideas for effective results.

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My qualifications

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I have a master’s degree in environmental science from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Before joining ICIMOD as a Programme Officer in 2015, I worked at dZi Foundation and carried out development activities in remote parts of Nepal. Previously, I worked in the United States at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Bureau of Land Management conducting research on riverine ecosystems. I also ran awareness campaigns and dialogues on climate change and related issues while at The Small Earth Nepal. I have also conducted summer research on to climate change and ecosystems at the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research Station in Alaska.

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