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Mahendra Shrestha talks about the consequences of not doing more to save tigers, examples of successful conservation strategies, challenges to conservation strategies, and doubling the wild tiger population by 2022.

Tigers in ten years
Buffer zones
Co-construction conservation and community livelihood

Shrestha is a native of eastern Nepal, where he had a 16-year career working for the Nepal Forest Service and the National Park Service. He comes to SCBI from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation where for six years he directed the Save the Tiger Fund. His doctoral research was on the ungulate prey abundance in the landscape along the Himalayan foothills in India and Nepal and its implications for tiger conservation. Shrestha has extensive field experience working on conservation issues in Asia ranging from the management of national parks, community-based conservation, human-wildlife conflicts, anti-poaching efforts, to policy formulation. His research and management experiences are now focused on ensuring the conservation of larger forested landscapes in Asia to help sustain viable populations of large mammals such as tigers, elephants, rhinos and other species.

In his new position, as the Director of the Smithsonian's Tiger Conservation Partnership, Shrestha will implement new training programs aimed at improving management of tiger conservation landscapes, with a special emphasis on enhancing the capabilities of protected area managers, developing knowledge hubs and supporting online knowledge infrastructure for tiger conservation.