Our international team is headquartered in the US with team members in Europe and Australia, our Asia team is based in Nepal. We are focused on being as efficient and effective as possible to produce the largest impact with our funding.
Ang Phuri Sherpa (Red Panda Network – Asia team)
I only started knowing the importance of each species when I left the village and started studying biology at a college in Kathmandu in the 1980’s. I then came to realize how people unknowingly trap and kill these wonderful pandas because of lack of knowledge and in an attempt to earn a living. I first appeared in the biodiversity conservation field in the 1990’s as a conservation education teacher for the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) in Western Nepal. I received a Masters Degree in Protected Area and Tourism Management in 1996 from Lincoln University, New Zealand and became the head of conservation education at the Central Zoo, Kathmandu where I helped to formulate the Conservation Education Master Plan.
From 2001 to 2013, I worked for World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nepal and wore a variety of hats and accrued many responsibilities. From 2001 to 2005, I worked as Project Manager for the Kangchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP), a joint initiative of WWF and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC). As planned the Conservation Area was handed over to the local community in September 2006 for community management. Since 2006 I was the Country Coordinator of a regional level program funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). The CEPF funding enabled local communities and civil society organizations to be engaged in local conservation initiatives in the Kangchenjunga Singhalila Complex and Terai Arc Landscape of Nepal.
After coordinating the CEPF funding, I continued on with WWF Nepal as Program Development Specialist where I helped to develop community-based tourism projects. Then at the start of 2014, I received an opportunity to work as Country Director for Red Panda Network. I am very excited to join the Red Panda Network team and committed to bring in over 12 years of experience in community-based red panda conservation. We are losing red pandas because of shrinking habitats caused by anthropogenic activities, but I have a deep rooted belief that conservation cannot happen on an empty stomach. We must balance the need for conservation along with the need for improving the lives of local people and only then, when people have all their basic necessities met, can we support them in becoming true stewards of natural resources. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Damber Bista (Red Panda Network – Asia team)
I am really excited to be a part of Red Panda Network, committed to the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities. I received my Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu. I’m pleased to get this platform where I can utilize the knowledge and ideas on sustainability of communities and biological conservation which I have learned throughout my career. I hope my experience of involvement as an Environment Officer with the SEAM-N Project (a bilateral project of the Nepal Government and the Government of Finland) and as Faculty Member at the Department of Biology at Mechi Multiple Campus, Jhapa in Eastern Nepal will continue to be useful for me to manage and implement the community based projects on red panda research and conservation. You can reach me at: email@example.com
Terrance Fleming (Red Panda Network – US team)