Ramesh K. Pandey
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|Ramesh K. Pandey|
|Institutions||Indian Forest Service|
|Known for||Biodiversity conservation and implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (CITES)|
|Notable awards||WWF-PATA-2001 (Individual category), Clark R Bavin Award-2010 for WCCB (Received for WCCB in CITES CoP 15)|
Ramesh K. Pandey (Hindi: रमेश पाण्डेय ) is a member of the Indian Forest Service. He is known for his works in protection, conservation and management of biodiversity and natural resources. He is known for the revival and restoration of Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary, a Project Tiger area under Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (Uttar Pradesh). He was recognised by the WWF-PATA award in 2001 for his outstanding contribution in tiger and wildlife conservation by the WWF-India. He is also known for his works on implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) specially Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and enforcement against trans-border organised wildlife crime.
Pandey has done Master of Science in Plant Sciences and Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science from V.B.S. Purvanchal University of Uttar Pradesh province of India. After joining the Indian Forest Service in the year 1996 he underwent Profession Course on forestry, natural resource management And biodiversity conservation and was awarded an AIGNFA Honours Diploma by Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun. He did 'Executive Development : Leading Change' training from Center for Leadership Development, WMDC, Denver, (USA), organised by United States Office of Personnel Management (USOPM) for the middle level government executives in the area of strategic planning and leading change. He also completed the Professional Development Programme organised by UNIDO on 'Sustainable Energy Solutions' at ICPE, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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Pandey secured the Gold Medal for achieving first position in M.Sc. final examination in the year 1992 in V. B. S. Purvanchal University and was honoured by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh province in the year 1993. He was honoured by His Excellency Vice President of India with Ten Awards and prizes after completing IFS Profession Course (1996–99) with 'Honours AIGNFA Diploma' including Government of India's Gold Medal for all round outstanding performance award. He got the Best all round forester award, Topper in Core Forestry Subject award and P. Srinivas Memorial Prize conferred by Government of India in the IFS Professional course. He was awarded with other six Doner's Prizes by the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA), Government of India, including Hill Memorial Prize, D.C. Agrawal Prize, E.P. Gee Prize, K.P. Sagariya Award, Senior Foresters Award and Dr Barin Ganguli Award for academic excellence in various fields. He was also honoured by the State Government of Uttar Pradesh for his contribution in 'Forest Protection and Wildlife Conservation' in the year 2001 and 2002 consecutively.
He received the WWF-PATA Tiger Conservation Award in 2001 for outstanding performance in tiger and wildlife conservation.
Pandey has worked in the areas of conservation, protection and management of wildlife and natural resources in biodiversity rich landscapes (Pilibhit-Dudhwa-Katerniaghat), and is known for prevention of wildlife crimes in Northern India. Pandey's success in reviving and restoring the Katerniaghat and drawing attention to the tigers of Pilibhit was recognized in Rajya Sabha and led to calls for more attention to tiger conservation in India. He also worked extensively on Gharial conservation in river Girwa particularly in facilitating the natural breeding of gharials. His work in combating Wildlife Crimes was connected with enforcement agencies and implementation of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora(CITES) in the country, including cross-border implementation efforts.
Nonetheless he has wide experience of working in the field of natural resource management including working in a World Bank project in watershed management. His efforts to manage wildlife in non protected area of Pilibhit is one of the best of its kind, which later on build up a case for recognising the area to be declared as Tiger Reserve.
Mr Pandey is presently working as Joint Development Commissioner in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Government of India. He is working in the areas of strategic planning and implementation of government policies and schemes at national level.
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