Name: Tahir Rasheed
Organisation: Sustainable Use Specialist Group-Central Asia
Role: Conservation of Natural resources
I am currently affiliated with IUCN’s Sustainable Use Specialist Group-Central Asia (SUSG-CAsia) as National Project Manager. Prior to this, I worked with different international and national organizations in different capacities. He holds master degrees in forestry and rural development with a specialization in watershed management. I have been working since 1990 in the field of natural resource management in different capacities. During my career, I acquired the necessary skills of planning, monitoring & evaluation, developing linkages & coordination, and implementing integrated conservation and developmental projects especially with the mountainous communities of the country. Based on my qualification and practical understanding of environmental and social issues, he have been involved in conducting number of socio-ecological studies, developing policy documents (management plans, Development and Conservation Plans, manuals etc) and also provided professional input to WWF-Indo-China, Vietnam in formulating an Environmental Education Strategy for Vu Qang Nature reserve in 2000. Simultaneously I have also been serving as master trainer in the field of environment and development for the Governmental and non-governmental institutions. Being LEAD fellow I have demonstrated leadership qualities along with inter-personal and team building skills in the communities, he works with. My training in Forestry, Rural Development, and work experience with different communities provided him a good mix of experience regarding local, regional and international environmental and social issues. MY interests include protecting bio-diversity, empowering grassroots organizations, and sustainable management of natural resources. I am concerned with the linkages between the environment and development and the way international negotiations affect the local level.