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With its auspicious goal to produce competent and efficient human resource that can be instrumental in conservation and management of biodiversity, environment and natural resources and  development of rural communities, the IOF-PC, with the help of its enthusiastic teaching faculty and spirited staff, has always endeavored to ameliorate its academic environment and administer well designed educational programs that can address the current needs of the country  and the globe in forestry and allied fields. It is committed to satisfying student's quest for knowledge and pragmatic skills that will make all the difference in their professional career. The IOF-PC is currently running the following academic programs:

  1. Master of Science in Forestry
  2. Master of Science in Natural Resource Management and Rural Development (NRMRD)
  3. Master of Science in Watershed Management (WM)
  4. Master of Science in Community Forestry (CF)
  5. Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Forestry

Beside regular academic programs, it also conducts short-term national and international training and workshops in Forestry and allied subjects.

Sushma Bhattarai

Name:                Sushma Bhattarai

Position:           Assistant Professor

Subject:             Forest and Livelihood

Department:   Social Forestry and Forest Management


  • Master of Science in Forest and Livelihood
  • Master of Science in Environmental Forestry

Interest Area:                   

  • Forest Governance, Community Based Forest Management, Forest Modeling, Reducing Emission from Forest Degradation and Deforestation (REDD)

Research and Publications:  

  • Bhattarai, Sushma, Basant Pant, and Niroj Timalsina. 2017. “Conservation without Participation: Detrimental Effect of Escaping People’s Participation in Protected Area Management in Nepal.” In Protected Areas: Policies, Management and Future Directions, edited by Sharif Ahmed Mukul and A.Z.M. Manzoor Rashid, I, 83–104. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Dons, Klaus, Sushma Bhattarai, Henrik Meilby, Carsten Smith-Hall, and Toke Emil Panduro. 2016. “Indirect Approach for Estimation of Forest Degradation in Non-Intact Dry Forest: Modelling Biomass Loss with Tweedie Distributions.” Carbon Balance and Management 11 (1). Springer International Publishing: 14. doi:10.1186/s13021-016-0051-z.
  • Dons, K, T E Panduro, Sushma Bhattarai, and Carsten Smith-hall. 2014. “Spatial Patterns of Subsistence Extraction of Forest Products E An Indirect Approach for Estimation of Forest Degradation in Dry Forest.” Applied Geography 55. Elsevier Ltd: 292–99. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2014.08.018.
  • Bhattarai, Sushma, Basant Pant, and Cp Upadhyaya. 2013. “Dependency of Tharu Communities on Wild Plants: A Case Study of Shankarpur, Kanchanpur District.” Banko Janakari 21 (1). doi:10.3126/banko.v21i1.9062.
  • Bhattarai, Sushma, Prakash Kumar Jha, and Niraj Chapagain. 2009. “Pro-Poor Institutions: Creating Exclusive Rights to the Poor Groups in Community Forest Management. (Special Issue: Livelihoods & Forestry Programme’s Experiences.).” Journal of Forest and Livelihood 8 (2): 15 – Jan.8.       

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