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As an Ecosystems Specialist within our Ecosystem Services Theme, I am involved in several of our interdisciplinary projects and am part of the Transboundary Landscapes Regional Programme working across ecosystems in multiple countries to address conservation and sustainable use issues in the region. My work has mainly focused on better understanding and practical application of research in rangeland degradation, invasive species, and biodiversity conservation. I am also a focal person for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Srijana Joshi Rijal
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
I protect the pulse of the planet through my work generating knowledge on issues related to drivers of change in mountains, promoting regional cooperation across transboundary landscapes, and conserving mountain ecosystems to improve the livelihoods of mountain people.
What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?
My favorite part of working at ICIMOD is working in a multicultural environment and with diverse partners from our eight regional member countries. ICIMOD has provided me the opportunity to sharpen my skills, learn and grow both personally and professionally. As a working mother, I appreciate the daycare service facilities provided by the Centre.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about working in a mountain ecosystem across the transboundary landscapes in different disciplines, especially enhancing the management of mountain ecosystems including biodiversity conservation and ecosystem restoration.
I have a Ph.D. in the evolutionary ecology of invasive plants from the University of Tuebingen, Germany, and a Master’s degree in plant ecology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. I am a plant ecologist by profession and have over ten years of experience working specifically in the field of ecology and natural resources management. My main area of academic and professional interest has been integrating scientific knowledge into sustainable development and environmental degradation solutions. I am working in the field that includes rangelands, wetlands and invasive species management and an array of other ecological restoration practices. I have contributed to over 40 papers which include peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, books, working papers, and technical reports.