Birendra K. Karna has a PhD in Natural Resources Management from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, and a MSc and a MA degree in Botany and Anthropology respectively from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. His PhD dissertation on Impact of Armed Conflict on Community-Based Forest Governance and Management in Nepal was evaluated as “Excellent” by the external examiner, Nobel Laureate Professor Elinor Ostrom of Indiana University. He is a natural resources management (NRM) professional with 12 years of experiences in research and development of common property institutions, and climate change especially in area of community-based forest management and community-based climate change adaptation.
Prior to holding a position at ForestAction Nepal, Mr. Karna has served as Research Program Co-director at the Nepal Forest Resources and Institutions (NFRI) for eight years, where his major responsibilities included coordination of research in Nepal with Indiana University and University of Michigan, USA.; liaison with funding agencies; study design and execution research projects funded by and carried out for the HMGN/FAO/IFAD, Parks and People Project of UNDP, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation, the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, USA.
Karna, B., Shivakoti, G. and Webb, E. 2010. Resilience of Community Forestry under Conditions of Armed Conflict in Nepal. Environmental Conservation, 1-9.
Karmacharya,M., Karna, B. and Elinor Ostrom. 2008. Implication of Leasehold and Community Forestry for Poverty Alleviation. In E.L. Webb and G.P. Shivakoti (eds.) Decentralization, Forests and Rural Communities: Policy Outcomes in South and Southeast Asia.New Delhi: SAGE Publications.
Harini Nagendra, Mukunda Karmacharya and Karna, B. 2008. Disentangling a Complex Web: Forests, People and Decentralization in Nepal. In E.L. Webb and G.P. Shivakoti (eds.) Decentralization, Forests and Rural Communities: Policy Outcomes in South and Southeast Asia. New Delhi: SAGE Publications.
Thoms, C. A., Karna, B. and Karmacharya, M. B. 2006. Limitation of Leasehold Forestry for Poverty Alleviation in Nepal. Society and Natural Resources, 19: 951-958.
Nagendra, H., Karna, B. and Karmacharya, M. 2005. Examining Institutional Change: Social Conflict in Nepal’s Leasehold Forestry Program. Conservation and Society,3: 72-91.
Nagendra, H., Karmacharya, M. and Karna, B.. 2005. Evaluating Forest Management in Nepal: Views Across Space and Time. Ecology and Society, 10(1): 24.
Nagendra, H., Southworth, J., Tucker, C.M., Karmacharya, M., Karna B. and Carlson, L.A. 2004. Remote Sensing for Policy Evaluation: Monitoring Parks in Nepal and Honduras. Environmental Management, 34(5): 748-760.
Thoms, C. A., Karmacharya, M. and Karna, B. 2003. Exclusion Isn’t Easy: Lessons from a Leasehold Forest. Journal of Forest and Livelihood, 2 (2): 48-54.
Kanel, K., Karmacharya, M. and Karna, B.. 2002. Who Benefits from Institutional Reform? Case Studies from Four Community Forests. In proceedings of Seminar on Human-Institutional-Natural Resources Interactions, Institute of Forestry, Pokhara, Nepal, 27-28 March. 66-82 pages.
Kanel, K., Karmacharya, M. and Karna, B. (eds). 2002. Human-Institutional-Natural Resources Interactions - Understanding the Interface Between Social and Natural Resources System, a Seminar Proceedings, Institute of Forestry, Pokhara, Nepal.