Mr. Thapa is an Under-secretary in the Watershed and Landslide Management division under Department of Forests and Soil Conservation, led by Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Government of Nepal. Mr. Thapa has been working in the field of Forest Management, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), Soil Conservation and Watershed Management for more than 10 years as a Government Officer. His main areas of expertise include Integrated Watershed Management, Upstream-downstream linkages, Payment for Environmental Services and Ecosystem based disaster risk reduction. Mr. Thapa has published several articles on national and international journals related to forestry and watershed management. His current job is to conduct action research in different watersheds where intervention has been done throughIntegrated watershed Management approach in the country. He holds Master’s degree in Forestry from the Tribhuvan University of Nepal and is honored with Gold Medal from Rt. Honorable President of Nepal in the year 2010 for his performance in the University.
Mr. Thapa is section head for Conservation Technology Development Section in the Department and as National Project Coordinator, he has recently accomplished two watershed projects entitled “Landslide Prevention and Stabilization of Slopes in the Most Earthquake affected District of Nepal” (Implemented by Government of Nepal & FAO TCP/NEP/3601) and “Building Resilience to Landslides through Support for Community-Based Rehabilitation and Mitigation Actions and the Establishment of Early Warning Systems in Nepal” (Implemented By Government of Nepal in collaboration FAO and USAID OSRO/NEP/602), implemented after mega earthquake in Nepal.