Dr Yam Malla has over 30 years experience of working in natural resource management and rural development fields generally and forestry in particular. Being one of the pioneers of Nepal’s community forestry, Dr. Malla has worked in countries of Asia, Africa and Europe. Dr. Malla is currently Senior Advisor to IUCN Nepal. Prior to this, he has served as Country Representative of IUCN for Nepal for four and half years, Executive Director of RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests – a Bangkok based international organization for nine years, and Lecturer and Director of Masters Programme on Participatory Natural Resource Management and Extension in the United Kingdom’s University of Reading for seven years. With PhD in Forestry from Australia, Masters and Post Graduate Diploma in Agriculture Extension and Forestry from UK, Dr. Malla has published his work widely in various international refereed journals.