International Conference on
11 - 13 April 2017
Dr Dhrupad Choudhury Programme Manager, Adaptation to Change, at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has spent a little over two decades, working among marginalized mountain communities of the Himalayas, initially as a researcher but later, progressively as a development practitioner. His focus of interest has spanned natural resource management, policy and market driven transformations, climate change adaptation, livelihood security and poverty reduction. His special area of interest is Managing Transformations in Shifting Cultivation, with special focus on tenurial and access regimes. Significant contributions of his work has included the designing, development and successful implementation of a strategy for managing transformations in shifting cultivation areas in India, and the contribution as member of the Technical Support Group for drafting the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Rights)Bill in India, enacted as an Act of the Parliament in 2007.
During his tenure in ICIMOD, Dr Choudhury has worked on aspects of livelihoods security and approaches for enhancing adaptive capacities of mountain communities to socio-economic and climate change. His interests have included designing and piloting mountain specific adaptation approaches for strengthening local adaptation. Currently, as Programme Manager, his work includes fostering multi-stakeholder partnerships and engagement with policy makers for strengthening adaptation at different scales. Dr Choudhury has a D Phil from the University of Oxford in Ecology.