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Bishnu Prasad Devkota, PhD

Name: Bishnu Prasad Devkota, PhD

Position: Assistant Professor

Appointed Subject: Forest Mensuration

Department: Department of Social Forestry & Forest Management

Education:

  • PhD in Forestry, 2019: University of Eastern Finland, Faculty of Science and Forestry, Joensuu, Finland.
  • M. Sc Forestry, 2009: Tribhuvan University, Institute of Forestry, Pokhara, Nepal.
  • B.Sc Forestry, 2005: Tribhuvan University, Institute of Forestry, Pokhara, Nepal.

Professional Experience:

  • Assistant Professor (Mar. 2012 onwards): Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.Responsibility: Teaching M. Sc and B. Sc level (Forest Mensuration, Forest Management, Wildlife        Management and Conservation), Thesis supervision and Research.
  • Assistant Professor/Academic Coordinator (Sep. 2010 to Feb. 2012): Kathmandu Forestry College, Nepal. Responsibility: Teaching B. Sc level (Forest Management, Forest Mensuration, Tree Improvement and Silviculture), Project Paper Supervision, and Administrative role.
  • Training Officer (Mar. 2007 to Feb. 2008): Northern Mountains Conservation Project/ WWF Nepal, Nepal. Responsibility: Conducting training, Report writing and Facilitation.

Publications:

  • Khanal, Y.M. and Devkota, B.P. (2020). Farmers’responsibilization in payments for environmental services: Lessons from community forestry in Nepal. Forest Policy and Economics, 118 (102237) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2020.102237
  • Devkota, B.P. 2020. Social inclusion and deliberation in response to REDD+ in Nepal´s community forestry. Forest Policy and Economics, 111. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2019.102048  
  • Mustalahti, I., Gutierrez-Zamora, V., Hyle, M., Devkota, B.P. and Tokola, N. 2020. Responsibilization in natural resources governance: A romantic doxa? Forest Policy and Economics, 111. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2019.102033  
  • Hyle, M.A., Devkota, B.P. and Mustalahti, I. 2019. From blueprints to empowerment of disadvantaged groups in natural resource governance: Lessons from Nepal and Tanzania. International Journal of the Commons 13(2):1062-1078. https://doi.org/10.5334/ijc.951    
  • Shrestha, A., Thapa, K., Subba, S.A., Dhakal, M., Devkota, B.P., Thapa, G.J., Shrestha, S., Malla, S. and Thapa, K. 2019. Cat, canines and coexistence: Dietry differentation between the sympatric snow leopard and grey wolf in the western landscape of Nepal Himalaya. Journal of Threatned Taxa 11 (7): 13815-13821. https://doi:10.11609/jott.4217.11.7.13815-13821  
  • Devkota, B. P. and Mustalahti, I. 2018. Complexities in accessing REDD+ benefits in community forestry: evidence from Nepal`s Terai region. The International Forestry Review 20(3): 332-345. https://doi.org/10.1505/146554818824063041
  • Khanal, G., Paudel, L., Devkota, B. P., Ranabhat, R. and Wegge, P. 2018. Status and conservation of the snow leopard Panthera uncia in Api Nampa Conservation Area, Nepal. Oryx 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0030605318000145
  • Thapa, S., Katuwal, H.B., Gurung, R., Kusi, N., Devkota, B., Shrestha, B. and Suwal, T.S. 2018. Pikas in Nepal. Small Mammals Conservation and Research Foundation, Kathmandu, Nepal. 62pp.
  • Devkota, B.P., Silwal, T., Shrestha, B.P., Sapkota, A.P., Lakhey, S.P. and Yadav, V.K. 2017. Abundance of snow leopard (Panthera uncia) and its wild prey in Chhekampar VDC, Manaslu Conservation Area, Nepal. Banko Janakari 27(1), 11-20. http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/banko.v27i1.18545
  • Thapa, S., Katuwal, H.B., Koirala, S., Dahal, B.V., Devkota, B., Rana, R., Dahal, H., Karki, R., Basnet, H. 2016. Sciuridae (Order: Rodentia) in Nepal. Small Mammals Conservation and Research Foundation, Kathmandu, Nepal. 69pp.
  • Lacuna-Richman, C., Devkota, B.P. and Richman, M. A. 2016. Users´priorities for good governance in community forestry: Two cases from Nepal´s Terai region. Forest Policy and Economics 65: 69-78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2015.11.005
  • Shrestha, B.P. and Devkota, B.P. 2013. Carbon stocks in the oak and pine forests in Salyan district, Nepal. Banko Janakari, 23(2): 30-36. http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/banko.v23i2.15478
  • Silwal, T., Shrestha, B.P., Bhatta, B.P. and Devkota, B.P. 2013. Revenue distribution pattern and park-people conflict in Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Banko Janakari 23(1): 35-41. http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/banko.v23i1.9465
  • Devkota, B.P., Silwal, T. And Kolejka, J. 2013. Prey density and diet of snow leopard (Uncia uncia) in  Shey Phoksundo National Park, Nepal. Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences, 1 (4): 55-60.  http://pubs.sciepub.com/aees/1/4/4/
  • Shrestha, B.P. and Devkota, B.P. 2011. Status of critically endangered vultures in Dang Deukhuri foothill forests and West Rapti wetlands. The Initiation 4:28-34. http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/init.v4i0.5533
  • Devkota, B.P. and Dhaubhadel, S.P. 2010. Livestock predation by snow leopard (Uncia uncia) in Shey Phoksundo National Park, Nepal. Proceeding of the National conference on Forest – People Interaction, June 7-8, 2010, Pokhara. Balla, M.K. and Singh, A. (Eds), Institute of Forestry, Pokhara, Nepal. pp 221-229

Project Leadership and Consultancy

Year Position
2017 Social Marketing Advisor: The projects of the Conservation Science Department of Chester Zoo. The North of England Zoological Society. 100 Old Hall Street, Liverpool, England. (October-November).
2017 Team Member: Study on effectiveness of buffer zone program in Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal. Peoples Help Group/Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazar, Nepal. (April-June)
2015 Principal Investigator: Diet analysis of snow leopard in Western Complex, Nepal. Green Governance Nepal/WWF Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal. (January – March).
2014 Team Leader: Assessment of snow leopard status and distribution in Western Nepal (Dolpa, Mugu and Darchula district). Green Governance Nepal/WWF Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal. (March – May).
2013
  • Project Researcher: Towards Responsive Governance in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: Comparative case study in Tanzania and Nepal. University of Eastern Finland, Finland. (August 2013 – June 2014).
  • Trainer: Community based forest fire management training. Green Governance Nepal/Hariyo Ban Program/WWF Nepal, Bardia, Nepal. (May).
  • Team Leader: Snow leopard conservation: People’s perception on the verge of rural livelihood, Nepal. (May 2013- April 2014).
2012 Team Leader: Human- snow leopard conflict mitigation project-II, Dolpa, Nepal.

(January – December).

2011 Co-investigator: Status and distribution of snow leopard (Uncia uncia) and its prey species in Manaslu Conservation Area, Nepal. Memorial Centre of Excellence/Institute of Forestry, Pokhara, Nepal.
2010 Lead Trainer: Community based forest fire management training. Green Governance Nepal/WWF Nepal, Lelep, Taplejung, Nepal. (April).
2009 Team Leader:  Human- snow leopard conflict mitigation project, Dolpa, Nepal. (June, 2009 – May, 2010).

Conference & Seminar Presentations

Year Conference / Seminar
2019   
  • Belt and road (Silk road) research on crane migration/ Chinese crane culture communication. 12 November to 11 December 2019. Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China.
2018   

 

  • 2nd International Forest Policy Meeting, Wageningen, Netherlands, 11-13 April 2018. Wageningen University and Research. Oral presentation on “Social inclusion and deliberation in response to REDD+ in Nepal`s community forestry”.
  • Development Day Conference 2018, Helsinki, Finland, 15-16 February, 2018: Finnish Society for Development Research, Finland. Oral presentation on “Social inclusion and deliberation in response to REDD+ in community forestry: Evidence from Nepal`s Terai region”.
2015

 

  • Canberra Conference on Earth System Governance, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia 14-16 December, 2015. Oral presentation on “REDD+ and benefit sharing: Factors affecting benefit sharing in community forestry in Terai region of Nepal”.
  • The 3rd Joint Nordic Conference on Development Research, University of Gothenburg, Sweden 5-6 November, 2015. Oral presentation on “REDD+ and benefit sharing: Factors affecting benefit sharing in community forestry in Terai region of Nepal”.
  • Global Forestry Trends, 7-10 October, 2015. Joensuu, Finland. Oral presentation on “Factors affecting benefit sharing in community forestry: Case from Terai region in Nepal”.
2013

 

  • First Asia Park Congress- 13-17 November, 2013. Sendai, Japan. Poster presentation on “Prey density and diet of snow leopard(Uncia uncia) in Shey Phoksundo National Park, Nepal”.
  • Forests, People and Climate: Changing Paradigm, 28-30 August, 2013. Pokhara, Nepal. Poster presentation on “Responsive governance in climate change mitigation and adaption interventions: the Nepal component of the TOWARDS project”.
2010

 

  • Biodiversity, livelihood and climate change in the Himalayas, 12-14 November, Kathmandu, Nepal. Poster presentation on, “Prey density and diet relationship of snow leopard(Uncia uncia) in Shey Phoksundo National Park, Nepal”.
  • Forest People – Interaction, June 7-8, Pokhara, Nepal. Oral presentation on “Livestock predation by snow leopard (Uncia uncia) in Shey Phoksundo National Park, Nepal”.

Training/Workshops Attainted

Year Training / Workshops
2018:   Towards Responsive Natural Resource Governance: Academic Workshop. Amani Nature Reserve, Tanzania (4 days).
2017:  

 

Reviewing for Academic Journals: A Focus on Social Sciences. University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland (1 day).
2015:  

 

  • Executive Summer School of the Global Environmental Policy Programme, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, (2 weeks).
  • GIS Applications for Assessing and Managing Natural Hazards in the Himalayas. Asia Pacific Uninet, Kathmandu, Nepal, (7 days).
2014:   Data analysis and scientific writing. IOF/ComForM, Pokhara, Nepal, (5 days).
2013:  

 

Training Seminar on Applied Statistical Analysis with R for Forestry Studies, Risk Analysis Research Center, Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Japan and Tribhuvan University, Institute of Forestry, Pokhara, Nepal, (3 days).
2012
  • Consultative Workshop cum Training on Range Resource Assessment through GIS and Remote Sensing in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, Nepal, (3 days).
  • The Art of Scientific Writing Training, IOF/ComForM, Pokhara, Nepal, (7 days).
  • Teaching Excellence Training/Workshop for Natural Resource Educators, Memorial Center of Excellence/Institute of Forestry in collaboration with NUFU Networking project, Institute of Forestry held at Park village resort, Budanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal, (7 days).
2011:   Tree growth and climate effects modeling, IOF/ComForM//NAST, Kathmandu, Nepal, (7 days).
2009:  Database Management (MS Access) Training, Institute of Forestry/NUFU Project, Pokhara, (4 days).
2008: 

 

Introductory Training on Social Analysis System, Institute of Forestry/LI-BIRD/IDRC-CRDI, Pokhara, (2 days).
2007: 

 

Training, Moderation and Facilitation Skills Training, MSR Development Support Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal, (10 days).

Fellowships & Grants

Year Fellowships and Grants
2018: Post Graduate Study Grant, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland
2015: Centre for International Mobility Fellowship, Helsinki, Finland
2013
  • Education for Nature, Russell E. Train Alumni Grant: WWF USA.
  • RSG Booster Grant: Rufford Foundation, London, UK.
2011: Second Rufford Small Grant for Nature Conservation: Rufford Foundation, London, UK.
2009
  • Rufford Small Grant for Nature Conservation: Rufford Foundation, London, UK.
  • Research Equipment Grant: IDEA WILD, Colorado, USA.
  • Snow Leopard Conservation Grant: Snow Leopard Network, Seattle, USA.
2007:. Education for Nature, Russell E. Train Fellowship: World Wildlife Fund, USA

Country Visited

  • Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Tanzania.

Affiliation with Professional Bodies

  • Full Member, The Snow Leopard Network, Seattle, USA
  • General Member, Nepal Forester’s Association, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • General Member, Treering Society of Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • General Member, Tribhuvan University Teachers Association, Nepal

References

Krishna Raj Tiwari, PhD. Dean and Professor. Tribhuvan University, Institute of Forestry, Kathmandu, Nepal. [email protected]

Irmeli Mustalahti, PhD. Professor, University of Eastern Finland, Finland. [email protected]

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]/[email protected]

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