I have a PhD degree in Forestry (specialisation in Wildlife Science) and more than 10 years experience in the areas of natural resource and wildlife management, landscape ecology, climate change adaptation and landscape restoration. I have used my expertise in state-of-the-art GIS and remote sensing technologies to answer various questions in the above mentioned fields. I have also taken initiatives to address maternal and child health issues, community and women empowerment, and policy and programme planning.
I oversee a team of over 1500 Internet Saathis spread across six districts of Jharkhand, imparting knowledge of digital literacy amongst rural women. In a seven months’ time frame, our team reached out to over 10,000,000 rural women spread across more than 4500 villages in Jharkhand. Google India showcased a few of our success stories during their annual event called “Day with a Saathi” very recently.
I develop GIS base data at different administrative levels and spatial database for planning, monitoring and capturing realtime progress of a programme on maternal and child health issues conducted by over 40,000 ASHAs on ground aimed towards improving neonatal and maternal mortality rates using participatory learning approach (PLA) in the state of Jharkhand.
Based on my research findings on the survival of Asiatic lions in a human-dominated landscape, the corridors and its buffer area between Gir and Girnar protected area was declared as “Eco-Sensitive Zone” under the Environment Protection Act, 1986.
I led a team of 70 researchers and volunteers in field data collection and analysis under the All India Tiger Monitoring Programme 2013-15. The project aimed at countrywide assessment of spatial occupancy, population limits and abundance of tigers, habitat condition and connectivities within protected areas. This assessment was crucial to incorporate conservation objectives into land use planning across landscapes so as to strengthen the longterm conservation of forest ecosystem while keeping free ranging tigers as an umbrella species.
In future, I wish to understand other aspects of ecosystem management such as ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change, ecosystem resilience, services and restoration., and to be more aware of the new legal concepts and principles advancing the legal foundation for environmental protection. I look for knowledge sharing and cross-country collaboration, and to be actively involved in capacity building through trainings, workshops and awareness campaigns.