Kiran Paudyal, PhD

Kiran Paudyal, PhD

Climate Change and Ecosystem Services Specialist

Trained as a professional forester, Kiran has over 25 years of experience in forest management, community forestry, forestry for poverty reduction and economic development as well as governance of natural resource from Asia and the Pacific region. He also has considerable experience and skills in micro and small business development based on the value chain approach for poverty reduction and local economic development. In recent years, he has been engaging in research that includes assessment of ecosystem services, mapping and payment for ecosystem services in forested and multi-functional rural-urban landscapes, land use change and future scenario modelling for landscape-level planning and decision making.

Kiran is a recent PhD graduate from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He completed MSc in Natural Resource Management from Twente University (ITC), the Netherlands in 2000. Earlier of these degrees, Kiran also completed MA Sociology in 1997 and BSc forestry in 1995 from the Tribhuwan University, Nepal.


Refereed articles


Paudyal, K., Baral, H., Bhandari, S.P., Bhandari, A., Keenan, R.J., 2019. Spatial assessment of the impact of land use and land cover change on supply of ecosystem services in Phewa watershed, Nepal. Ecosystem Services 36, 100895.


Sangha, K.K., Luke, P., Kegamba, J., Paudyal, K., Rosas, J.V., Warmenhoven, T., Ramakrishnan P. S., 2018. An Ecosystem Services framework to evaluate Indigenous and local peoples’ connections with nature. Ecosystem Services 31, 111–125.

Paudyal, K., Baral, H., Bhandari, S., Keenan, R.J., 2018. Design considerations in supporting payments for ecosystem services from community-managed forests in Nepal. Ecosystem Services 20, 61–72.

Paudyal, K., Baral, H., Keenan, R.J., 2018. Assessing social values of ecosystem services in the Phewa Lake Watershed, Nepal. Forest Policy and Economics 90, 67–81


Paudyal, K., Baral, H., Putzel, L., Bhandari, S., Keenan, R.J., 2017. Change in land use and ecosystem services delivery from community-based forest landscape restoration in the Phewa Lake watershed, Nepal. International Forestry Review 19, 88–101.

Paudyal, K., Putzel, L., Baral, H., Chaudhary, S., Sharma, R., Bhandari, S., Poudel, I., Keenan, R.J., 2017. From denuded to green mountains: Process and motivating factors of forest landscape restoration in Phewa Lake watershed, Nepal. International Forestry Review 19, 75–87.

Cronkleton, P., Artati, Y., Baral, H., Paudyal, K., Banjane, M.R., Liu, J.L., Tu, T.Y., Putzel, L., Birhane, E., Kassa, H., 2017. How do property rights reforms provide incentives for forest landscape restoration? Comparing evidence from Nepal, China and Ethiopia. International Forestry Review 19, 8–23.

Baral, H., Jaung, W., Bhatta, L.D., Phuntsho, S., Sharma, S., Paudyal, K., Zarandian, A., Sears, R.R., Sharma, R., Dorji, T., Artati, Y., 2017. Approaches and tools for assessing mountain forest ecosystem services. Working Paper 235. Bogor, Indonesia: CIFOR.

Paudyal, K., Baral, H., Lowell, K., Keenan, R.J., 2017. Ecosystem services from community-based forestry in Nepal: Realising local and global benefits. Land Use Policy 63, 342–355.


Paudyal, K., Baral, H., Keenan, R.J., 2016. Local actions for the common good: Can the application of the ecosystem services concept generate improved societal outcomes from natural resource management? Land use policy 56, 327–332.


Rimal, B., Baral, H., Stork, N.E., Paudyal, K., Rijal, S., 2015. Growing City and Rapid Land Use Transition: Assessing Multiple Hazards and Risks in the Pokhara Valley, Nepal. Land 4, 957–978. doi:10.3390/land4040957

Paudyal, K., Baral, H., Burkhard, B., Bhandari, S.P., Keenan, R.J., 2015. Participatory assessment and mapping of ecosystem services in a data-poor region: A case study of community-managed forests in central Nepal. Ecosystem Services 13, 81–92.

Before 2015

Platt, SG, Holloway, RHP, Evans, PT, Paudyal, K, Piron, H, Rainwater, TR, 2006. Evidence for the historical occurrence of Crocodylus porosus Schneider, 1801 in Tonle Sap, Cambodia. HAMADRYAD-MADRAS, 30(1/2):206-209

Paudyal., K., 2001. Assessment of policy issues for biodiversity conservation at buffer zone of Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Banko Janakari, 11 (1): 9-15(


Evans, PT, Marschke, M, Paudyal, K, 2004. Flood Forests, Fish and Fishing Villages, Tonle, Sap, Cambodia. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Siem Reap and Asia Forest Network, pp 50.