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Research Associate – Ecosystems,
I am a Research Associate working under the Ecosystem theme, with the Koshi Basin Initiative, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Capability for the Hindu Kush Himalaya (REEECH), Landscape Initiative for Far Eastern Himalayas (HI-LIFE). I work on diverse subjects under ecosystem services including protected areas, nature based solutions, Convention of Biodiversity (CBD) projects, watershed management and disasters such as drought, landslide, and sedimentation.
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
As a society, we depend on healthy ecosystems for everything. I protect the pulse of the planet through my work, which contributes to a healthy ecosystem and sustainable ecosystem services, which I hope will save lives and livelihoods.
What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?
The people and the working environment! I feel blessed to be part of a fabulous team and to have loving people around.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about traveling and exploring new places. Traveling is a spiritual experience. You can also call me a food lover!!
I have been with ICIMOD since I was a graduate student pursuing my M.Sc. at the Central Department of Environmental Sciences, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. I was awarded an M.Sc. research scholarship through the HI-AWARE Initiative.
Prior to joining the Ecosystems Theme, I was a Research Associate – Water Resource and DRR with the hydro-climate group within the Water and Air Theme and with the Koshi Basin Initiative. Although ecosystem and disaster have always been my primary topics of interest, I am also actively involved in a wide range of studies – the effective use of micro- hydroelectricity at the household level, adaptive water governance in Himalayan towns, climate change-induced climate stressors and critical moments affecting livelihoods, gender differentiated vulnerability, and migration in different parts of Nepal. Prior to joining ICIMOD, I worked as a consultant in landslide hazard modelling and risk assessment projects, and as a Research Associate at the National Institute of Natural Sciences, Nepal, where I was involved in the study of different ethnomedical plants.
I have presented my work in national and international conferences. I was also a part of the The Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Young Scientist Programme in China.
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