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SSA – Knowledge Park Officer,
Knowledge Management and Communication
I joined ICIMOD as Knowledge Park Officer in June 2005 and I am responsible for the operations and management of the ICIMOD Knowledge Park at Godavari, which demonstrates sustainable mountain technologies to help to improve livelihood of the mountain communities and environment conservation. I organize exposure and awareness visits for policy makers, researchers, development workers, farmers and students and promote the technologies through social media. I also provide technical support to institutions without our regional member countries for up-scaling and out-scaling of the technologies.
Samden Lama Sherpa
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
Through so many interactions I have with visitors to the park and with local community members in the Godavari landscape, I am always sharing information about sustainable mountain development and the capacities of communities to adapt to shocks, so I protect the pulse of the planet through this sharing and respect for the resilient mountain people across the HKH.
What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?
Having come from a forestry background, I am proud to have been part of the natural forest regeneration that has been successfully achieved within the boundaries of the Knowledge Park and I also enjoy learning from visitors from all over the world who share with me their own adaptations and innovations of technologies.
What are you passionate about?
Working with different people and being honest both as a person and with my work and responsibilities. I also love working with nature, hiking and trekking, and listening to traditional music.
My professional life over 30 years has been spent in the Himalayan region both within and in promoting sustainable natural resources management and livelihood options. From October 1988-May 1996 I served as Forestry Officer at Pakhribas Agricultural Research Centre, Dhankuta, Eastern Nepal and promoting private forestry and agroforestry in mid-hills of 7 districts and 1996 June December 2000 I have worked as Forestry Coordinators in Churia Forestry Developoment Project funded by GIZ and supporting District Forest Offices to implement Community Forestry Program in Siraha, Saptari and Udayapur districts in Terai and from Jan 2001-May 2005 I have served as Regional Program Manager in Natural Resources Management Sector Assistance Program funded by Danida in the Eastern Nepal. I coordinate district line agencies and non-governmental organizations and backstopping planning, budgeting and monitoring of the program implemented by partners agencies in the Eastern Nepal.
I hold a Master’s degree in Agroforestry from the Department of Forest at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.