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Anil Shrestha

Senior Researcher, Asia Forest Research Center

Forest Sciences Centre 3645
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

work phone: 604-827-5661

My research and teaching revolve around advancing solution-oriented global environmental issues, particularly biodiversity loss, deforestation, and climate change. Hence, my research focuses on socio-ecological issues of conserving threatened species and ecosystems under global change, developing high integrity and inclusive forest carbon market, and a new generation of protected areas using an interdisciplinary approach and evidence synthesis framework. My scholarship in teaching and learning focuses on advancing an active, inclusive, and learner-centred approach that thrives learners’ research and critical thinking skills necessary to address complex conservation problems. Apart from teaching conservation science courses, I am also actively involved in developing, implementing, and researching the effectiveness of innovative sustainable forest management open education resources for teaching and learning in Asia-Pacific. This program received a prestigious award, “Best Practices in Tertiary Forestry Education” by IUFRO in 2019 for its contribution to sustainable forestry education in the region.


  1. Develop high integrity, and inclusive forestry offset carbon market
  2. Adaptation and mitigation of climate change through bamboo and bamboo products
  3. Conservation of threatened species and ecosystems under global change in Asia and South Africa
  4. Develop inclusive, sustainable, and resilient area-based conservation
  5. Evaluate socio-ecological outcomes of community-based forest restoration in Asia
  6. Evaluate the effectiveness of learning activities to advance active, inclusive, and collaborative learning in online settings

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