CV of Bhishma P. Subedi

Mailing Address: ANSAB, P.O. Box 11035, Kathmandu, Nepal, Tel: (977-1) 4497547, Fax: (977-1) 4476586 E-mail: bhishmasubedi@ansab.org, bhishmasubedi@aya.yale.edu

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Summary of Qualifications

Bhishma P. Subedi, Executive Director of ANSAB (Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources), has over 20 years of experience in participatory conservation and rural development programs, research, policy analysis, university teaching, and networking. He has designed over 60 development and research projects and led the implementation of over 50 projects including those with multiple donors, partners and countries; developed strategies, methodologies and tools; monitored and evaluated conservation and development programs; and acted as a resource person in national and international conferences.

He has received a Master of Forest and Environmental Science from the Yale University and a Ph.D. in Forestry from the Kumaun University. He has over 60 published articles, books, practical manuals, guidelines and toolkits, and over 100 research/technical reports. He has been recognized as the “Champion of the Asia-Pacific Forests” by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and honored with the Best Paper Award by the International Congress on Ethnobiology and the Most Innovative Development Project Award (Second Prize) by the Global Development Network.

Thematic areas of his research and development works include community-based enterprise-oriented natural resource management, ecosystem-based commercial agriculture, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, climate change – REDD+, community forestry, participatory biodiversity monitoring, access and benefit sharing, land tenure and property rights, non-timber forest products, agro-forestry, sustainable forest management, certifications, subsector analysis, business development services market, value chain analysis and development, marketing information system, evidence based policy analysis, constituency building and multi-stakeholders facilitation.

He has worked with over 500 organizations and individuals that are active in community forestry, NTFPs, REDD+ issues through his founding/coordinating role in the Nepal NTFP Network and Nepali NTFPs Promotion Alliance, among others. During his career, Dr. Subedi also had opportunities for serving a number of international organizations and communities. Some of his services include participatory action research on the planning and management of community forestry activities, in Baltimore, USA; local capacity development on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management and Chain of Custody (CoC) certification focusing on NTFP in Lao PDR; program design for livelihoods improvement opportunities from the sustainable management and optimum use of NTFPs in two Himalayan states (Uttaranchal and Meghalaya) of India; fighting poverty with profit: assessing the potential for enterprise development in the natural products sub sector in Southern Africa; a road map for NTFP certification in the Lao PDR; project design for enterprise development in Bhutan; and technical advice and assistance for private sector led community development and conservation in Papua New Guinea.

Previously, he has also served as a lecturer at the Institute of Forestry of Tribhuvan University in Nepal and an adjunct professor of the Future Generations Graduate School, USA. As a faculty member at the Institute of Forestry, he has designed and taught several theoretical and practical courses on community forestry, human resource management, rural sociology, extension, and research methods to forestry students at B. Sc. and Technical Certificate levels and NTFP enterprises development at M.S. level. He also designed and taught human ecology course to the Masters student of the Future Generations Graduate School. He has advised or mentored Masters and PhD researchers from American, European and Asian Universities, such as Yale and Cornell.

He has developed strategies for community-based enterprise oriented biodiversity conservation in ecologically sensitive areas in the Himalaya of Nepal; ecosystem-based commercial farming; socially and environmentally community-private partnership business model; and methods for developing and profiling community based NTFP enterprise options. The outcomes through his organized programs are noteworthy in bringing positive changes in policies; meaningful improvement in the quality of life of tens of thousands of the poor; and environmental conservation of thousands of hectares of forest and meadows. For example, in 2013 in Nepal alone a total of 84,420 economic entities generated NRs 732 million in additional monetary benefits through ANSAB facilitated 1,181 economic entities in producing and marketing natural products; ANSAB assisted 545 Forest User Groups (68,100 households) brought over 107,700 ha of forest and meadows containing biodiversity hotspots under improved management, some of them already received FSC certification meeting the international standards of sustainability.