Narayan Prasad Dhital


Current Job

Forest Economics Policy Advisor

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  • Ph. D. in Forest Science, 2013 (Laval University, Quebec, Canada)
  • M Sc in Tropical Forestry, 2002 (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
    Thesis: Silvicultural Systems for Hill Sal (Shorea robusta Gaertn. F.) forests in Nepal
  • B Sc Forestry, 1999 (Tribhuwan University , Nepal)
    End of the study project paper: Effect of Thinning Operation on Community Forests and Forest User Groups
  • Bachelor in Commerce, 1996 (Tribhuwan University , Nepal)
  • Certificate in Forestry, 1991 (Tribhuwan University , Nepal)

Research themes

    * Forest disturbance dynamics
* Forest management options
* Sustainable forest management
* Economic aspect of forest management
* Participatory forest management
* Climate change impact on forest productivity
* Forests-poverty nexus

Employment history

More than 20 years of professional and academic experiences

  1. Forest Economics Policy Advisor, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (July 2019 to date)
  2. Senior Forestry Analyst, Ministry of Energy and Resources, Saskatchewan (August 2016 - June 2019)
  3. Forest Management Planning Expert, Ministry of Environment, Saskatchewan (May 2014 - August 2016)
  4. Adjunct Faculty, Laval University, Quebec City (QC) (October 2015 to date)
  5. Sustainable Development Mechanism Consultant (CDM and JI), UNFCCC, Bonn (Germany) (February 2007 to date)
  6. Post-doctoral research fellow with Prof. Osvaldo Valeria, UQAT(March - June 2014)
  7. Research Associate with Prof. Damase Khasa, Université Laval (November 2013 – March 2014)
  8. Timber Supply Analysis Intern, Chief Forester's Office in Quebec, Canada (June to November 2013)
  9. Community Development Specialist, The Mountain Institute in their Tibet program in China(2003-2006)
  10. Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, NewERA Ltd. Kathmandu, Nepal(March – November 2002)
  11. Environment Officer, United Nations Development Program, Nepal(Sep. 1999 – Aug. 2000)
  12. Forest Ranger, Government of Nepal, (Aug. 1991 – July 1995)

Scientific competences


     * Skilled with timber pricing, timber dues determination, assessment of timber damage, analysis of forest industry portfolio and competitiveness
* Knowledgeable with Canada - the United States softwood lumber dispute, its implications to Canadian forestry sector and its administrative processes
* Skilled with timber supply modeling in Woodstock application, mapping tools such as ArcGIS and statistical analyses using SAS and R packages
* Financial analyses of silvicultural options
* Climate change adaptation and mitigation (including REDD+ and CDM afforestation/reforestation)
* Participatory rural development planning, natural resource management and community forestry (including protected area planning and management)
* Assessing the impact of climate change on growth and productivity of boreal forests in Canada

Research interests

* Investigating the role of disturbances such as fire and climate change in shaping the structure and composition of different forest types and their economic as well as carbon sequestration potential

Scientific contributions

  1. Dhital, N. 2016. Domestication/Cultivation Potential of High Altitude Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Central Nepal. Jharkhand J. Dev. Mgmt. Studies. 14(1):6885-6901.
  2. Dhital, N., Shrestha, H, Gautam, S, Rijal, B. and Shrestha, B. M (2015). REDD+ as a development tool to improve rural livelihoods in Nepal. In: Adhikari, A. P. and Dahal, G. P. (Eds), Sustainable Livelihood System in Nepal: Principles, Practices and Prospects. IUCN and CFFN. Kathmandu, Nepal, pp. 215-236.
  3. Dhital, N, F Raulier, P Y Bernier, M P Lapointe-Garant, F. Berninger and Y Bergeron. Adaptability of an ecosystem-based management strategy to climate induced increase in the fire burn rate and growth anomalies in an eastern Canadian boreal forest. Environmental Planning and Management: Vol. 58, No. 12, 2228-2249.
  4. Dhital, N., Vololomboahangy, R. R. and Khasa, D. P. Issues and challenges of forest governance in Madagascar. Canadian journal of development studies: Vol. 36, No. 1, 38-56.
  5. Dhital, N. 2013. Feasibility of an ecosystem-based management in an eastern Canadian boreal forest: testing for ecological suitability, economic viability, social acceptability and adaptability to wildfire and climate change. Thesis submitted to Université Laval for the partial fulfillment of the doctoral degree (Ph D) in forest science
  6. Dhital, N, F Raulier, H Asselin, O Valeria, L Imbeau and Y Bergeron 2013. Emulating natural forest disturbance dynamics: can we maintain timber supply, aboriginal land use and woodland caribou habitat? Forestry Chronicle 89:54-65
  7. Raulier, F., N. Dhital, P. Racine, R. Titler and A. Fall 2014. Forest age structure controls the maximum risk of timber supply disruption: an efficient means of protection against the risk of losses due to wildfires in the boreal forest. Forest Policy and Economics. Vol. 46, September 2014, 47-55
  8. Dhital, N and F Raulier 2010. Timber supply Analyses under conventional and ecosystem-based management scenarios in an eastern boreal forest. Sustainable Forest Management Network, Canada, Research Notes Series No. 75
  9. Dhital N 2009. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in Nepal: Exploring the Possibilities. Journal of forest and livelihood 8 (1) 56 – 61
  10. Dhital, N. 2006. Successful Practices of Social Inclusion in Charpala Community forest. Hamro Ban Sampada (Nepali), 4(1): 29-31.
  11. Dhital N 2005. Promoting Renewable Energy in Tibet. PLA Series 52 (August, 2005). International Institute of Environment and Development, London, UK.
  12. Dhital, N; K. P. Paudel and H. R. Ojha, 2003. Inventory Related Problems and Opportunities in Community Forestry: Findings of a survey. Journal of Forest and Livelihood 2 (2) 62 – 66
  13. Dhital N 2002. Silvicultural Systems for Hill Sal(Shorea robusta) Forests in Nepal. MSc Thesis submitted to Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  14. Dhital, N. 1999. Effects of thinning operations on community forests and forest users groups. Unpublished end of the study project paper for bachelor degree in forestry submitted to Tribhuwan University, Nepal.

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