Win Ko Ko Naing Tun has been a project officer/assistant at several Friends of Wildlife project sites since joining FOW in 2007, including Indawgyi Lake WS, Chatthin WS, Mahamyaing WS and Inle Lake WS. He was promoted to program officer in early 2018 and is now actively involved in project implementation, monitoring, evaluation and fundraising.
Khine Khine Swe, also known as KKS, is Deputy Director of FOW. She got her Master degree in Geography in 2003. KKS is a former school teacher and joined FOW in 2007. She was responsible as the Community Relation and Education Officer and joint secretary of FOW. Currently, she is leading the project activities and development of FOW.
Sanjay Pashte has been working as the senior community coordinator with Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF) for the last 14 years. He has an excellent understanding of the local environment and communities as he hails from the Sangameshwar block where a majority of AERF’s work takes place. He has helped significantly in bringing important forest areas under conservation agreement in the proposed Prachitgad Community Reserve.
Guwant Mahajan works as a senior field coordinator with Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF). He has conducted detailed plant surveys and has identified populations of many endangered plant species in the Prachitgad Community Reserve.
Akash Patil has been working as a junior field researcher with Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF). His key expertise is wildlife research and camera trapping. He has successfully identified active Pangolin sites and helped capture other endangered species on trail cameras such as Asiatic Wild dogs and Indian Gaur in the proposed community reserve.
Jonalyn Lavega — from Sitio Little Baguio, Barangay Mendoza, Roxas, Palawan — is the field coordinator for the Mendoza Protected Watershed Area. She is responsible for the establishment of the warden program in the protected area, supervising the work of eight wardens and often joining them on patrol and assisting in setting camera traps for monitoring work. Jonalyn also liaises with local government and partners to ensure good project progress. She loves working with nature and people, and the challenges of informing people about the importance of sustainable resource use.
Wang Chhedar Lama is currently working on the Lumbasumba Conservation Project/ Sankhuwasabha learning ground (SLG) as district coordinator. He is originally from Sankhuwasabha district Bhotkhola -4 (Siprung). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Education and is currently working on a Master’s degree on Rural Development. He has 17 years of work experience on climate change, forest management, write up OP/constitution of CFUG, Forest inventory, GIS/ GPS, good governance, biodiversity and the environmental conservation sector. During his project period, he has worked in very remote areas of the different districts (Solukhombhu, Taplejung, and Sankhuwasabha.)
Ganga Limbu is the first youth fellow of KTK-BELT, working in the areas of participatory mapping, social research and environmental education. She’s currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Mahendra Multiple Campus, Dharan. She was born into a large family in Mukten village of Bhedetar VDC. Since she was young, she has received scholarships from Phulmaya Foundation and most recently received a scholarship for her Bachelor’s degree. She’s currently living in Satisale village, Yangshila. Along with doing research in the existing education curriculum, she’s interested in learning different software, including ArcGIS, AutoCAD and Sketch up.
Shankar is a qualified member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA, UK). He also possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Business studies from Tribhuwan University and currently is pursuing his Master’s. He has over three years of experience in an Audit Firm, R.K. Associates, Chartered Accountants, as a senior auditor handling the accounting assignments & conducting the internal/external audits of various organizations having diverse goals, including some NGOs/INGO/projects such as Shanti Med Nepal Switzerland, Nepal SokaGakkai International, Kiran Namaste Nepal and project audits carried out by Kathmandu University with collaboration with different consortium partners and an audit of “Revenue Administration Support’’ (RAS) Project carried out by GIZ.
Nitesh is a wildlife enthusiast and researcher currently working on the Lumbasumba project. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from the Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University and has previous experience in wildlife studies at different elevational gradients of Nepal. He has assisted in two Ph.D. studies, particularly on dietary analysis of herbivore and carnivore species, as well as worked and volunteered in organizations like NTNC and WWF, which has enhanced his capabilities and further motivated him to acquire in-depth knowledge on faunal diversity.
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