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Lily Shrestha

SSA – Research Associate, Ecosystem Services

My role at ICIMOD

As a Research Associate in our Ecosystem Services Theme, I work with two initiatives within the Transboundary Landscapes Regional Programme: the Landscape Initiative for Far Eastern Himalayas (HI-LIFE) and the Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir Landscape (HKPL) Initiative. My role is to research and write about the cultural services provided by the mountain ecosystems and the respective challenges that exist in these services. I also generate knowledge through drafting publications related to ecosystem services and biodiversity and maintain databases for both initiatives.

Lily Shrestha

Q:

How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

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I protect the pulse of the planet by generating knowledge and data about mountain ecosystems which aid in developing conservation actions or adaptive strategies for the mountains and people. Mountain ecosystem and the services they provide to dependent communities are facing challenges due to global change and research and knowledge generation is very important both for tackling these issues and for protecting mountain cultures, traditions and biodiversity.

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

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The working environment of ICIMOD is what I enjoy the most. By working environment, I mean both the kind, friendly and supportive colleagues and the greenery maintained in the office premises.

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What are you passionate about?

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I’m passionate about travelling to different new places, understanding the environment around, meeting new people and learning about their ways of life and cultures.

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My qualifications

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I completed my M.Sc. in environmental science from GoldenGate International College, affiliated to Tribhuvan University, Nepal with majors in mountain, biodiversity and climate change. Before joining ICIMOD, I worked as a Research Assistant for the Kanchenjunga Livelihood under Climate Stress Research Project managed by ICIMOD and implemented by the Resources Himalaya Foundation. I also worked with the teaching faculty in the B.Sc. and M.Sc. environmental science programmes in GoldenGate International College immediately after graduation.