Intervention Manager - Spring
Strategic Group 2: Shaping Green and Resilient Mountain Economies
SG2 – Action Area D (AAD): Restoring and Regenerating Landscapes
Since 2015, I have been serving as a watershed management specialist here at ICIMOD and recently, I have taken up the role of Ad interim Theme Lead for the Water and Air Theme. My role has been to give strategic, thematic and capacity building related inputs to ICIMOD’s collaborative programmes and initiatives. I am a member of ICIMOD’s Gender Resource Team and also serve as focal point at ICIMOD for the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) global network.
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
Water is critically important for humans to live and it is a threatened resource in the HKH, so if we don’t manage our watersheds and springsheds and we don’t help communities with fair and equitable access to water, the pulse of the planet will not beat healthily. My work contributing to evidence-based knowledge generation and networking, particularly in relation to watershed and springshed management in the HKH and contributing to the development and upscaling of simple and context specific resilient mountain solutions is important for reducing multidimensional poverty and improving ecosystems in the HKH. At a personal level, I try to embrace practices and behavior which are good for our environment and society.
What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?
I enjoy working in multicultural and interdisciplinary teams at ICIMOD. I also like working with government, civil society, academia, private sector and other partners to co-develop multiscale solutions which are relevant for the HKH region.
What are you passionate about?
I am very passionate about my engagement in mountain-specific, field-based and transdisciplinary work for sustainable, inclusive and resilient development of the HKH region. I also like to share my knowledge and experiences and learn from others. My family and many friends inspire me for everything I do.
I am passionate about working in the HKH region and contributing to resilient people and ecosystems. Since 1993, I have worked with G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development in India, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation in Afghanistan and ICIMOD and have experience working in all the eight HKH countries from Afghanistan in the west to Myanmar in the east. In my professional journey, I have been able to work quite a lot in the field for watershed management research and development projects.
I have PhD in Botany with specialisation in ecology from Kumaun University (India), and practical experience, knowledge and skills on watershed and springshed management in changing climate and other contexts. I have co-authored a few peer review articles, working papers, resource books, and manuals concerning watershed management, spring revival and other resilient mountain solutions. I have also contributed to the HKH Assessment Report publication, particularly Chapter 8: Water in the Hindu Kush Himalaya. In addition, I am trained on WOCAT tools and methods for documenting and disseminating sustainable land and water management technologies and approaches.
For Anita Rai, the only source of drinking water is Dokung Dhara – a spring that is an hour’s ...