The Old Growth Nijgadh Forest (or What One Person Can Accomplish for Conservation of Nepal’s Natural Resources)
Join us for an Environmental Forum with Kashish Das Shrestha on June 3 at 3:30 p.m. PDT.
Kashish Das Shrestha is a Nepali writer and photographer whose work has been published in the New York Times, Mongabay, Vogue, and elsewhere. He also advises on policies related to the environment, focusing on renewable energy, food and water security, and sustainable development. In this capacity, he has worked with Nepal’s Water and Energy Committee and the Ministry of Health. The country’s first-ever climate change hearing was an early outcome of his efforts. Shrestha co-drafted the blueprint for a sustainable urban development policy, “Livable Kathmandu,” launched in 2014 by the city’s elected members of parliament and endorsed by the office of the prime minister the same year. This effort led to unprecedented development of over a dozen parks in the city and engaged policymakers on urban waste management, electric vehicles, and renewable energy. In 2012, Shrestha was a Policy Fellow for Niti Foundation, which focuses on public policy reform. He worked on exploring models for decentralization of energy production and distribution through solar energy, traditionally seen as a technology for the country’s remote parts without grid connectivity. This research helped shape an incentive in which the government of Nepal offered solar energy to Kathmandu, the country’s dense capital.