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LI South East: Himalayas and Ecosystem Restoration


Join LI South East (LISE) for this special event with Dr Shalini Dhyani

Dr Shalini Dhyani is a Senior Scientist, CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute and South Asia Regional Chair for IUCN CEM.

This event will be hosted by LISE members Akash Wadhawan and Dr Debbie Bartlett, Professor of Environmental Conservation, University of Greenwich.

We will explore a small part of Himalayas from on our screens. To set the scene, Akash will present a brief slide show of his visits (in 2017 and in early 2020) to the Himalayas in northern India. This will be followed by a presentation by Shalini on her work in the Himalayas.

Land degradation is a mega driver of ecosystems and biodiversity loss across Asia. Shalini will briefly provide some examples based on her work in the Himalayas and other forests on how anthropogenic pressure will worsen the issue in the warming world with a special focus on keystone forest species that provide benefits to local populations.

She will share her experiences of different models of restoration schemes, including her work with the UN decade on Restoration, focusing on climate-sensitive restoration planning and the need to include more hybrid approaches such as citizen science and AI in Asia and Africa.



Akash Wadhawan CMLI & Dr Shalini Dhyani & Dr Debbie Bartlett CMLI FCIEEM SFHEA

Akash Wadhawan CMLI, Associate, Hyland Edgar Driver

Akash Wadhawan is a Chartered Landscape Architect and is an Associate at Hyland Edgar Driver. Akash is also a committee member of the South East Branch of the Landscape Institute and is the current Chair.


Dr Shalini Dhyani, Senior Scientist

Dr. Shalini Dhyani is South Asia Regional Chair for IUCN CEM (Commission on Ecosystems Management) (2017-2020) and Senior Scientist with CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, India. She is IPBES Lead Author for Global thematic assessment on Sustainable Use of Wild Species (2018-2021) and has contributed to IPBES Asia Pacific regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Asia Pacific (2015-2018). She has more than 15 years of experience in the conservation and management of ecosystems and biodiversity across India. She has been promoting mainstreaming of Nature-based Solutions for reducing disaster risks and enhancing climate resilience. Dr. Shalini was awarded the first “IUCN-CEM Chair Young Professional Award” at World Parks Congress 2014 for her research on forests of the Indian Himalayan region. She was selected among 100 women for their exceptional work in Asia by Asian Rural Women's Coalition (ARWC), Malaysia in 2010.


Dr Debbie Bartlett CMLI FCIEEM SFHEA

Dr Debbie Bartlett is a Chartered Landscape Architect and Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management. Currently Professor of Environmental Conservation at the University of Greenwich her research interests are focused on landscape management, environmental change, and Nature-based Solutions.  She is a member of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management.




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