Dr K.S. Kanwal is currently working as a Scientist at the G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development (GBPNIHESD), India. He has more than 12 years of research experience in the fields of environment and ecology. He specializes in environmental research, particularly in strategic environmental planning and management, environmental impact assessment studies, natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, plant ecology, climate change, livelihood development and environmental sustainability.
He undertook his PhD in Botany (Plant Ecology) at Kumaun University, India. He has published over 25 research articles in journals of national and international repute. He has presented several papers in national and international conferences, seminars and workshops, and has convened several workshops, seminars, conferences and capacity building training programmes on environment management, biodiversity conservation, resource management and livelihood development.
He has worked with various reputed government and multinational private sector organizations as an environment expert. The National Accreditation Board for Education Training of the Quality Council of India, New Delhi accredited him as a Functional Area Expert in the Ecology & Biodiversity area (Category-A) in 2010. He was awarded the Certificate of Honour for excellent research contributions made in the areas of biodiversity and sustainable mountain development by the Center with Potential for Excellence in Biodiversity at Rajiv Gandhi University, India, in 2016.
He is a member of the Society of Wetland Scientists, associate editor and editorial board member of many international journals, and a life member of several international and national scientific societies/bodies. He is currently implementing several national and international research projects funded by bodies including the DST, the ICIMOD, the MoEFCC, and the State Government in the areas of environment management, biodiversity conservation, watershed development and management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, education and awareness, and capacity building of tribal communities in Himalayan region.