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River Basins and Cryosphere
Since 2018, I have been working as the Programme Officer for the Koshi Basin Initiative. I also work within the Water and Air Theme. I work towards the initiative’s goal, contributing to inclusive development, poverty reduction and enhanced resilience to climate change through supporting evidence-based decision making and promoting regional cooperation in the Koshi River basin. I support initiative management which involves coordinating with staff members, and national and international partners to design, implement and disseminate research and pilot interventions related to water resource management. I assist with the overall functioning of the Koshi Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Knowledge Hub, which focuses on the need to improve disaster management and preparedness in the Koshi River basin by addressing DRR in a regional transboundary context.
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
I aim to initiate and deliver sustained results and effective change for building climate resilience through my work in the Hindu Kush Himalaya. I attempt to achieve this by applying imaginative thinking backed by scientific data to convey vital messages to relevant stakeholders at various levels of governance. My ability to communicate in a highly efficient manner, both to scientific and non-scientific audience contributes greatly towards this endeavour.
What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?
The ability to interact with colleagues from numerous nationalities and with exceptional talent and experience is this holistic journey which I call work. There are so many opportunities available to listen and learn and refine myself both as an excellent scientist and a better human being.
What are you passionate about?
The ability to work for the environment and its people, and being able to make a positive difference no matter how small. I am also a passionate philatelist and have recently authored a fictional novel, titled “The wall with the wooden plank.”
I joined ICIMOD in May 2016 as a Research Synthesis Specialist with the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) under the Livelihoods theme. I hold a PhD degree in Geography (Science), from King’s College London, United Kingdom where my interdisciplinary research focused on investigating novel strategies for protecting and conserving the Indian Himalayan rivers and their biodiversity. I also hold an M.Sc. in Zoology, from the University of Pune, India and a B.Sc. in Zoology, also from the University of Pune, India. My research has been published in numerous international peer-reviewed journals, and presented at various international conferences. Based on my river conservation work, I was selected as a ‘Leader of Tomorrow’ by the St. Gallen Symposium, Switzerland in 2012 and 2013.
KRIPA SHRESTHA & NISHIKANT GUPTA