CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute
Dr. Shalini Dhyani is Scientist in Critical Zone Group of Water Technology and Management Division of CSIR-NEERI, India. She is currently South Asia leading IUCN CEM (Commission on Ecosystems Management) (2016-2019). She is gold medalist from Forest Research Institute (FRI) Dehradun. Dr. Dhyani is ardent and trained ecologist with extensive work experience on forest biodiversity & terrestrial ecology in Western and Eastern Himalayas; Central India, Coasts and Arid lands and Western Ghats. She is gold medalist from Forest Research Institute Dehradun with a PG Diploma in Biodiversity Conservation and PhD in Forest Ecology and Environment on Natural and Manmade pressures on Forests of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttarakhand India. She has extensive experience of working on drivers of biodiversity loss in natural as well man made urban forests of India and linking conservation with livelihood in Himalayas to target long term conservation benefits. She has worked on Biodiversity Inclusive EIA projects across the country and has also provided her expertise to many NGT and Judiciary projects. She is Lead Author for IPBES for regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services in Asia Pacific (2015-2017) and also expert member of UNEP-Partnerships for Ecosystems and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) and UNDP BES-Net (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network). She is also Co-Convener for IUCN-IPS (Intergenerational Partnerships) (2015-2018). Dr. Shalini is NABET certified Ecology and Biodiversity Expert and also trained NABL Technical Manager for Terrestrial Ecology. She was awarded “IUCN-CEM Chair Young Professional Award” at World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney, Australia for her excellent research and publications on forests of Himalayan region She was selected among 100 women for their exceptional work in Asia by Asian Rural Women's Coalition (ARWC), Malaysia for her work on Fodder Bank to reduce pressure from forests of Himalayas in 2010. Her work on Fodder Bank has also been selected as innovative approach to tackle forest degradation by various forums and was among 10 best case studies of SAARC countries for sustainable forest management in mountains in 2014. She has developed an interactive Urban Biodiversity Portal on the lines of Aichi Biodiversity Targets, in 2015 that was selected as Urban Champion by Wild Cities International programme of Coalition Wild, USA in 2015. She is recipient of various national as well as international financial grants viz. UNEP, GIZ, FAO, IUCN, UNU, European Union-LEANES, Rufford SGP, DST etc. She has been LEAD Climate Change Fellow funded by British High Commission and LEAD India (2009). She has her more than 60 national, international publications with many popular articles. She has 01 copyright to her credit. She is a frequent blogger, popular article writer and has also delivered many lectures and talks.