Karma Phuntsho is Senior Natural Resource Management Specialist at ICIMOD. He holds an MSc in Forestry from erstwhile Indian Forest College, Dehradun, India. He also has another MSc in Earth Resources, with focus on land use hydrology, from Colorado State University, USA. Before joining ICIMOD he worked for the Royal Government of Bhutan for over two and a half decades. He has managerial and developmental experiences in the fields of community-based natural resource management, integrated conservation and development, conservation finance, protected area management, and development management related to agricultural, livestock, and forestry. While with the Government of Bhutan, among others, he held positions of Director of the Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation (BTFEC), Deputy Secretary of the Policy and Planning Division of Ministry of Agriculture, Director of an Area Development Project, and Joint Director of Social Forestry.