Kumar Paudel

Kumar Paudel (Nepali: कुमार पौडेल) is a conservationist based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is the co-founder and director of the Greenhood Nepal.[1][2] His work focuses on species conservation, wildlife trade and community-based conservation.[3][4][5][6]

Kumar Paudel
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge, Pokhara University, Tribhuvan University
Scientific career
FieldsWildlife conservation


He completed MPhil in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge,[7] MSc in environmental management from Pokhara University and undergraduate in environment science at Tribhuvan University.


Paudel started his conservation career by writing letter to the editors in Nepal's major national dailies.[8] Later in 2010, he co-founded National Youth Alliance for Rhino Conservation, that conducted various campaigns reaching out court rooms to parliamentary committee to drag their attention for controlling rampant rhino poaching in Nepal.[9] In 2012, he founded a science-driven non-profit conservation organization called Greenhood Nepal.[10] He worked as a research associate at Lancaster University in 2016-2017.[11][12] In 2017, he joined ICCS at University of Oxford as a Biodiversity Fellow.[13][14] His research was supported by Rufford Foundation, Lancaster University, Environmental Investigation Agency, Conservation Leadership Program, British Council and other.[15][4][16][17]

Areas of workEdit

Paudel's area of work includes interdisciplinary conservation research covering wildlife trade, community-based conservation, political ecology, enforcement and science communication.[18][2][19][20] He has advocated in favor of curbing illegal wildlife trade and scaling up pangolin conservation initiatives in Nepal.[21][22][23][24][25]

He is particularly known for conducting cutting edge conservation research on the ground and undertaking conservation intervention.[2][26] Paudel traveled across the Nepal's prison interviewing wildlife prisoners in 2015-2017 as a research to why people commit wildlife crime and how others might be dissuaded from doing so in the future.[2] Later, he published that research on Conservation Science and Practice[27] and produced songs designed to raise awareness about wildlife regulations and the risks of participating in illegal trade.[19] The songs were performed live across the communities around the protected areas in central Nepal.[28]

In 2018, Paudel filed a writ seeking action against the illegal use of wildlife parts in Nepal including by former Prime Minister, who displayed the pelt of a Bengal Tiger during an TV interview in his home.[29][30][31][32][33]


  1. ^ "Greenhood Nepal". Official webpage of the Greenhood Nepal. 2020-02-04. Retrieved 2020-02-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b c d Nuwer, Rachel. "To Stop Wildlife Crime, Conservationists Ask Why People Poach". Scientific American. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  3. ^ "On the brink". Republica. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Kumar Paudel". rufford.org. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  5. ^ "An environmentalist's guide to books". The Kathmandu Post. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  6. ^ Khatiwada, Ambika P.; Suwal, Tulshi Laxmi; Wright, Wendy; Roe, Dilys; Kaspal, Prativa; Thapa, Sanjan; Paudel, Kumar (2020-01-01), Challender, Daniel W. S.; Nash, Helen C.; Waterman, Carly (eds.), "Chapter 25 - Community conservation in Nepal – opportunities and challenges for pangolin conservation", Pangolins, Biodiversity of World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes, Academic Press, pp. 395–409, ISBN 978-0-12-815507-3, retrieved 2020-02-04
  7. ^ "Department of Geography, Cambridge » MPhil in Conservation Leadership". www.geog.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  8. ^ "Guest Speaker-Mr.Kumar Poudel | RAC Kathmandu | Rotaract Nepal". rotaractnepal.org. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  9. ^ "Nepal Youth Organization Calls for Lifetime Jail Sentences for Rhino Poachers | Rhino Horn is NOT Medicine". Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  10. ^ "Greenhood Nepal: Echo of Young Voices in Conservation". Youth for Our Planet. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  11. ^ "Members". Cons governance. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  12. ^ "Conservationist takes wildlife challenge to Nepal Supreme Court". www.lancaster.ac.uk. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  13. ^ "Kumar Paudel | Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science". www.iccs.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  14. ^ "enviro-policy-lab". Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  15. ^ "Announcing the 2018 CLP award winners". Conservation Leadership Programme. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  16. ^ "New British Council Grant support NCRF Researchers". Nepal Conservation Research Fellows. 2020-02-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ Paudel, Kumar; Potter, Gary R.; Phelps, Jacob (2020). "Conservation enforcement: Insights from people incarcerated for wildlife crimes in Nepal". Conservation Science and Practice. 2 (2): e137. doi:10.1111/csp2.137. ISSN 2578-4854.
  18. ^ "Kumar Paudel - Google Scholar Citations". scholar.google.com. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  19. ^ a b Setopati, सबिना श्रेष्ठ. "हाब्रेलाई चितुवाको पत्र सुनाउँदै दिलुको सारंगी". Setopati. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  20. ^ "Poverty alone not a leading cause for involvement in illegal wildlife trade, new study says". kathmandupost.com. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  21. ^ "Conservation school for awareness". Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  22. ^ Shrestha, Shreejana. "Protecting less known species". nepalitimes.com. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  23. ^ "Illegal trade of pangolin grew 'eight-fold'". Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  24. ^ "The Rising Nepal: Pangolin poaching up despite tight vigilance". therisingnepal.org.np. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  25. ^ Gupta, Joydeep; Bhushal, Ramesh; Rahman, Zobaidur (May 14, 2019). "Preserving the pangolin | The Third PoleThe Third Pole". Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  26. ^ हाकाहाकी (2018-11-04). "लौठसल्ला निल्दै ढुंगा खानी". Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  27. ^ "Conservation Science and Practice". Society for Conservation Biology. Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  28. ^ "जंगलको कथा सुनाउने सारङ्गी बादक (भिडियो)". जंगलको कथा सुनाउने सारङ्गी बादक (भिडियो). Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  29. ^ "Conservationist files petition demanding illegal use of wildlife body parts be stopped". The Himalayan Times. 2018-05-17. Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  30. ^ Howell, Katharine (2018-05-17). "Illegal wildlife trade & Nepal's Ex-Prime Minister: Petition to the Supreme Court of Nepal". Pollen. Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  31. ^ "Petition against possession of wildlife parts for decoration". My Republica. Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  32. ^ "Apex court show cause over law on wildlife organs". kathmandupost.com. Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  33. ^ Hakahaki (2018-05-17). "Paudel registers a petition demanding action against illegal use of wildlife parts". Hakahaki - Face to Face Portal. Retrieved 2020-02-06.

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