Mr Laxmi Dutt Bhatta is a dedicated conservation and development management professional with 18 years of experience in managing sustainable forest management, community based conservation and development, and ecosystem services projects in multi-stakeholders’ environment setting. He has effectively worked on capacity-building fields of sustainable forest management, community based adaptation and payment for ecosystem services. His short and long term assignments have been conducted in Nepal, Tibet Autonomous Region of China, India, Singapore, and Pakistan. Prior to joining ICIMOD, he worked as the Sector Leader for Agriculture and Forestry Sector in SNV, Netherlands Development Organisation for seven years in Nepal, and also contributed to SNV Asia regional assignments on forest products, REDD and climate change issues. He has a proven ability of contributing also at the forest policy and practice forums. He has a number of national and international publications to his credit.