Dr. Shrestha is Post Doctorate Research Fellow for the Red Panda Nepal Case Study, which focused on:
- forest governance;
- ecosystem service and natural capital valuation;
- improving Nepal’s information base on forests;
- stakeholder engagement and capacity building; and the
- development of payments for ecosystems services, benefit sharing and incentives mechanisms for primary forest and habitat conservation.
During the course of the project, several areas of critical corridor habitat were restored, and tens of thousands of native saplings planted. The project has also developed a quality of governance standards for forest projects and programmes associated with Red panda conservation and natural habitat protection, with the long-term aim of developing a certification system and associated labelling scheme to alleviate poverty by developing benefit sharing and incentives development mechanism.
Anita is a post Doctorate Research Fellow at the Kathmandu Forestry College, Kathmandu, Nepal.