Who is Kumar Paudel ?

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I am a conservationist with diverse experience in research design, data collection, analysis, policy advocacy and program management including monitoring & evaluation.

Currently, I am working as an affiliated researcher with the Lancaster Environment Centre, Tropical Environmental Change and Policy Lab. I hold MSc. in Environmental Management from Pokhara University and wrote my dissertation on ‘Assessing illegal wildlife trade in Araniko-trail, Nepal’.

My research interests lie primarily in law enforcement, drivers of wildlife trade, community-based conservation, conservation strategy & policy, and my current research works to understand participants' motivations for engaging in illegal wildlife trade in Nepal. I am active in Nepal's conservation community, working to curb illegal wildlife trade and to scale-up pangolin conservation efforts. In addition to research papers, I frequently write on conservation issues in Nepal’s reputed newspapers.

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'.  I also co-founded Greenhood Nepal, which works to strengthen public awareness and engagement with endangered species conservation.

I am very passionate about communicating research to grassroots communities -- which is how the concept of Seedtofeed.org, Conservation School, Nature Walk and many has started. You can follow me on twitter at @kmrpaudel and my blog post at kumarpaudel.com

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