Our 15 research fellows have published more than 350 research publications primarily in high impact journals receiving 5000+ citations over the last ten years. Our research fellows’ scientific studies have been featured in several national and international media outlets such as the Journal Nature, the New York Times, Scientific American, and National Geographic.

Nature Sustainability paper’s identified knowledge gaps to achieve sustainability goals

A paper published by an international team of 32 scientists, including GIIS researcher Dr. Uttam Babu Shrestha on Nature Sustainability, identifies key knowledge gaps to achieve global sustainability goals. The study compared the knowledge gaps identified in the seven reports published by the leading scientific body—the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity  and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)—to

Climate change amplifies plant invasion in Nepal

Future climate change is likely to increase the risk of invasive alien plants (IAPs) in Nepal, according to a recent study jointly published by two research fellows of GIIS— Dr. Bharat Babu Shrestha and Dr. Uttam Babu Shrestha. The study entitled Climate change amplifies plant invasion hotspots in Nepal was published in the journal, Diversity

Climate change induced range shift of a Himalayan lichen

The Hindu Kush Himalaya harbors some of the richest biodiversity on the planet. However, Himalayan biodiversity is now under threat due to climate change, land use, and other anthropogenic drivers. GIIS research fellow Shiva Devkota and a team from Swiss Federal Research Institute, Switzerland evaluated the effects of climate change on the distribution of an

A comprehensive analysis of Climate change in Nepal

Central Bureau of Statistics, Nepal has conducted a national climate change impact survey among 5,060 households and published the 'National Climate Change Impact Survey 2016' report. However, the report did not integrate the people perceptions and instrumental records of climate.  GIIS researchers Uttam Babu Shrestha, Sujata Shrestha, and Asheshwor Man Shrestha compared instrumentally observed trends

Study suggests a positive contribution of community forestry

Nepal has a promising history of forest management and shows an excellent example of community-based forest conservation globally although the country has only 5.96 million hectares forests (40.36% of the country’s land area). However, the effectiveness of this program on forest cover change remains mostly unknown after four decades of community forestry. GIIS research fellows

Searching for Pathways out of Poverty

Scholars and policy‐makers proposed several pathways that take the rural poor out of poverty. However, not all of the rural poor can access these, since they are trapped in specific social and market relations. GIIS research fellow Ramesh Sunam examined the poverty‐reducing effects of international labour migration, agriculture and labouring in a rural context. His

‘REDD+ Payments is too small for local communities’ Research

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) is a global climate change mitigation strategy. REDD+ is an incentive-based mechanism that aims to reward financially for any emissions reductions initiated in 2007 by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP)-13. Sujata Shrestha et al.

Researchers mapped landslide susceptibility at Mugling-Narayanghat road

Landslide susceptibility maps are vital for disaster management and for planning development activities in the mountainous country like Nepal as landslides pose a serious threat to life and property. Krishna Devkota et al. (2012) conducted an assessment of landslide susceptibility using geographic information system (GIS) by incorporating 12 landslide conditioning factors such as slope gradient;

Geological causes behind the Nepal Earthquake

The strong earthquake on April 25, 2015 (7.8 Mw) and the aftershock on May 12, 2015 (7.3 Mw) claimed 8,659 lives and injured 21,150 people along with billions of dollar damages to property and heritage. GIIS research fellow Suman Manandar and team conducted field surveys after the earthquake to understand the causes of damages to

Generating Knowledge is the key to track Health-related SDGs in Nepal

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which comprise of 17 goals and 169 targets have become a global developmental agenda. A team lead by Meghnath Dhimal and Mandira Dhimal tracks goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) has a central focus on health, which is underpinned by 13 different targets. They