Kumar is an Illegal Wildlife Trade Biodiversity fellow, and joins us to work on our Oxford Martin illegal Wildlife Trade programme, he is Co-Founder, President at Greenhood Nepal (www.greenhood.org.np)
I grew up in the hills of rural Nepal, opulent in biodiversity. I spent my childhood helping my parents in agricultural field, herding the goats, milking buffaloes, and eating wild fruits during tiffin hours. Everything around amazed me especially the scaly anteaters, pangolins. I even waited number of nights to see their peculiar activities and track their footprints in our farmland. Moreover, I was astounded by the way my mother prayed the sun and taught me to respect nature and not to litter the water sources. All these circumstances created an eternal bond between me and the natural resources.
The desire to probe the natural resources and the user law that govern the whole system have driven my interest into environment science. I have always had this passion for conservation and wanted to make my career out of it. Since my high school, I started advocacy and campaigns for one horned rhinos and biodiversity conservation. Following my passion, I completed MSc in Environment Management; my dissertation being, “Assessing illegal wildlife trade in Araniko-trail, Nepal.”
Currently, I am leading a non-profit organization called Greenhood Nepal that works on thematic areas like Conservation Science and Species, Climate Change, Education and Awareness, Disaster Risk Management and other environmental issues in Nepal. I am actively involved with Nepal's conservation community, where I work to curb illegal wildlife trade and to scale-up pangolin conservation efforts. Additionally, I am affiliated with Tropical Environmental Change and Policy Lab, Lancaster Environment Centre. Moreover, I co-founded and led the National Youth Alliance for Rhino Conservation (NYARC), which has succeeded in raising stakeholder' concern about rhino conservation and is celebrating a 'zero poaching year for rhino'. In addition to research reports, I frequently write on conservation issues in Nepal’s reputed newspapers.
What made you want to join ICCS as a Biodiversity fellow?
When I meet with the global conservation professionals and social scientists, I am fascinated by their work and I always feel what if I can spend few weeks/months learning with them.
I am doing my best out of the resources and expertise what we have in Nepal. I tried my best from my level and have succeeded to some extent. Yet, I feel the necessity to learn more to make my work more efficient and impactful to tackle the complex problems of biodiversity conservation in Nepal.
And, I thought this fellowship can be a landmark in achieving my dreams by learning to develop the framework to know the resource users and interventions to change their mind-set which I can implement as soon as I get back home.
Is there a specific project you will be working on while you are with ICCS? Can you tell us a little about it?
I am particularly interested to learn some of the techniques of ICCS research especially the Choice experiments. Besides that, I hope to learn more about research design, data analysis and scientific writings.
My research interests lie primarily in law enforcement, drivers of wildlife trade, community-based conservation, conservation strategy & policy.
My current research works to understand participants' motivations for engaging in illegal wildlife trade in Nepal and to monitor illegal wildlife trade in Nepal-China border region.
Paudel, K. and and Karki, J.B. (2015). Assessing illegal wildlife trade in Araniko-trail, Nepal. A MSc dissertation submitted to School of Environment Science and Management (SchEMS), Pokhara University
Bashyal, R. Bhuju D.R. and Paudel, K. (2015). Community Adaptation to Climate Change: A Case Study of Chepang Indigenous Group. Journal of Environment Sciences, Volume 1. Ministry of Science Technology and Environment, Department of Environment (DoEnv), Nepal
- 'Monitoring Wildlife Trade Seizure Data in Nepal-Tibet border' at the Joint Meeting of Society for Conservation Biology Asia section and Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation Asia-Pacific Chapter, 29 June - 2 July 2016, National University of Singapore
- 'Understanding The Impact of Enforcement-led Approaches to Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) on Local Communities on The Araniko-Trail, Nepal' at the Beyond Enforcement: communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating wildlife crime, 27 Feb - 01 March 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa
- 'Conservation Education in Nepal' at the "Youth Be Aware" Workshop: Health and Environment 26-29 November 2012, World Youth Foundation, Malaysia
- 'Briquette - An Option for Management of Mikania Micrantha and Reduce Rhino Poaching' in Chitwan National Park' at the South Asian Youth Leaders' Summit 08-21 February 2012, Dhaka, Bangladesh
- 'Understanding the Negative impacts of Illegal wildlife trade on Local Communities in Araniko-trail, Nepal' International Congress for Conservation Biology, 02-06 August 2015, Montpellier, France