Mr. Pokharel is the principle convener and founder of CODEFUND, and also the executive chief. He as botanist joined Tribhuvan University in capacity of Lecturer in Botany in 1982. After advance study on Natural Resource Management, he extended his expertise from 2003 to 2007 as Sector Chief in Bung Sector (Solukhumbu) in Makalu Barun National Parks & Conservation Area Project jointly executed by the Mountain Institute and Department of National Parks & Wildlife Conservation. In 1997, he joined IUCN Nepal as consultant later as Senior Program Officer and Regional Chief in the eastern Nepal to convene landscape biodiversity projects like Community Conservation of Rhododendron in Tinjure Milke Jaljale Area and Critical Ecosystem of Ilam Siwalik.
He worked as Consultant Adviser for the Government of Nepal for the sustainability of lakes in 2007 and entered into governance strengthening initiative of International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC)/Japan. Now, he is strongly affiliated in the school of wetlands particularly the lake, and making national efforts to implement Integrated Lake Basin Mechanism (ILBM) in Nepal. He and his team are recently engaged to promote conservation development especially establishment of Wetlands Academy, the primary constituent of wetlands governance in Nepal.
Mr. Sharma graduated as an ecologist in 1993 from Tribhuvan University, Nepal and advanced study on Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Agriculture from Norway in 1999. He did Ph D from Mizoram University, India in 2013. His engagement includes vegetation ecology for >two decades under different projects on Integrated Conservation and Development and Natural Resource Management, and in depth knowledge in protected area networks for biodiversity conservation and monitoring and sustainable use. He has undertaken Undertook over 50 projects in wide ranges of themes.
He is involved in studying, analyzing and evaluating the collaborative conservation activities of bio-resources and sharing these experiences with different stakeholders including university students. He is affiliated with Central Department of Botany as consultant professor and supervised MSc and Ph.D research fellow scientists.
He has many research publication in national & international journals, and produced more than seven dozens of technical reports and documents related to the ecology, bio-resources and biodiversity management.
Dr. Sharma is one of the founder members, and Coordinator (NRM/Biodiversity) in CODEFUND.
Dr. Krishna Raj Panta had completed his Ph.D. in 2015 in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India in a thesis entitle ‘Fiscal Decentralization, Public Service Delivery, and Poverty: A Case Study of Nepal. He had done
M. Phil. (2011) in Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Master in Economics (Economic Analysis, Economic Development, and Planning, Public Economics and Policy, Mathematical Economics, Thesis Writing), Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal in 1991. He had started his carrier as Part-time Teacher (1994 January-2007 May) in Jana Adarsha Multiple Campus, Birendranagar, Chitwan. Formally he had started input in research since 2009 and to date, he has been continuously involving in a research field.
Govinda Bahadur Basnet got his PhD in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA, in 2007. Previously, he got Masters degree in Ecological Agriculture from Wageningen Agriculture University, the Netherlands, and B.Sc. (Ag.) from Andhra Pradesh Agriculture University, Hyderabad, India. He has worked for over 15 years in the fields of environment conservation, climate change, water resources management and community, development in policy analysis, program development, implementation and evaluation. Coming from Solukhumbu district, he has worked extensively in remote areas of Nepal. His research focuses on interfaces of water resource management and environment conservation and won prestigious research grants from institutions like National Science Foundation and Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (USA) among others.
Dr. Basnet has been involving in CODEFUND since 2016 as Anthropologist Expert.
GIS and RS specialist with nearly 20 years of experience in the fields of GIS and Remote Sensing, involved in the preparation of several master/management plans of different zoological parks of Nepal, human-wildlife conflict studies, lakes and wetland mappings, land cover change detection analysis, rural/municipality level Land use zoning. Involved in the preparation of strategic and implementation plan of several landscape-level programs such as Kailash Sacred Landscape, Kangchenjunga Landscape, Terai Arc Landscape, Chitwan-Annapurna landscape, Western Mountain Landscape; and Watershed Management Plans.
Ms. Rita Koirala (Arjel) is Natural Resource Management expert and academician. She has over 20 years of engagement in the development sector with the main focus in natural resource management, livelihood, leasehold forestry, socio-economic empowerment, and local institutional development. Ms. Koirala has carried out social-economic and baseline surveys, resource mapping and prepared working guidelines, operation plan and manuals of many projects and published many papers. She is one of the founder members of CODEFUND.
Ms. Meera is a young and very energetic researcher dedicated to scientific research relating to the Environment and Natural Resource Management. She had achieved a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science with special paper Biodiversity and Wildlife Conservation, in 2015 from Khwopa College (affiliated to Tribhuvan University, Nepal). She has been involving in the research field since 2016 and has experience working on more than 20 projects. She has great expertise in EIA/IEE/BES, preparation of Periodic/Mangment/Action/Strategic plans.
Mr. Shrestha joined CODEFUND in July 2016, as Program Officer. He studied Master’s degree in Environmental Science with a special paper on Biodiversity & Wildlife Management from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
His track contribution to nature conservation particularity wildlife is over a decade experienced from >40 districts of Nepal. He is one of the pioneer youths in Nepal for tiger and vulture conservation.
Aashish Tiwari got his Master’s degree in General Forestry from the Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Previously, he got B. Sc. (Forestry) from the same institution and has worked in different fields of forest management, wildlife biology, biodiversity conservation. His research focuses on the deadwood management for carbon and biodiversity conservation on Banke National Park, Nepal.
Currently, Mr. Tiwari has been devoting his time to CODEFUND as Program Officer, Pokhara base.
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Mr. Sujan Shrestha has a Master’s degree in Biodiversity and Environmental Management (BEM). He started to work in this institution as a volunteer in 2017 and before this, he had worked at the Wildlife Conservation Nepal(WCN) and Environment Conservation Initiative(ECI). He was the pioneer researcher who had a passion for the Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation. He was involved in Dendrochronology and Soil Sampling Project before he joined CODEFUND.
Mr. Shrestha is involving in CODEFUND as Research Officer since 2019.
Mr. Gwachha is currently doing his Master’s Degree in Environment Science from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He has a good idea about Multimedia. He has been involving in CODEFUND as Photographer & Videographer since 2018. He is the responsible person for taking care of Multimedia.
Ms. Sangita Decha is a permanent resident of Duwakot, Changunarayan Municipality-1, Bhaktapur. She is currently studying Master in Business Studies from Nepal Commerce Campus (affiliated to Tribhuvan University/Nepal). She had completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies from Nasa International College, Kathmandu (affiliated With Tribhuvan University/Nepal) in 2018. She has experience working as an Assistant Accountant for six months in Promotional Gift Nepal, Chabahil, Kathmandu, and two months internship in Everest Bank Limited, Kathmandu as Customer Care.
Ms. Decha is a young and energetic girl with great knowledge of computer office packages and accounting software Tally. She has joined CODEFUND in March 2019 as an Assitant Accountant (full-time staff).
Saraswoti Shrestha has been working in CODEFUND since 2018 as full-time staff under the designation Finance Assistant. She had completed Bachelor in Business Studies and is currently a student of Master’s Degree in Business Studies.
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