WII-Category 2 Centre: Technical Officer


Technical Officer
Email : bhumesh [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in


I did my Master's in Zoology from Devi Ahilya University, Indore (2000) and M.Phil. in Environmental Sciences from A.P.S. University, Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. My PhD was awarded from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur in 2008 on a UGC supported Special Assistance Programme (SAP) fellowship for the project titled "Development of avian feather as pollution bio-indicator." Thereafter, I joined World Pheasant Association (WPA-India) and worked as a Senior Research Fellow on a MoEFCC sponsored research project titled "Effect of Pesticide use on Indian Peafowl and Grey Francolin in Parts of Central India", based in Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur (Rajasthan) and Madhav National Park, Shivpuri (Madhya Pradesh). I joined the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun as a Project Associate in 2008 to work on the UNESCO World Heritage Biodiversity Project at Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan. My area of interest is management of Protected Areas, with special emphasis on World Heritage Sites.

Technical Officer
nirajkakati [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in

My educational qualifications include a Master’s degree in International Relations and an M.Phil specialising in International Organization from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Prior to this current assignment, I was associated with the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), based in Assam, India from 2007 to 2015. At ATREE, I was responsible for coordinating and managing UNESCO’s World Heritage Biodiversity Programme for India in the two natural World Heritage Sites of Manas and Kaziranga National Parks in Assam. My role also required coordinating other biodiversity and community projects being implemented by ATREE in Assam. I was a member on the Regional Expert Committee (Northeast Zone) for Management Effectiveness Evaluation of Protected Area Network in India (2012-13) under the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India. Among others, I have contributed to IUCN Conservation Assessment Outlook for World Heritage Sites; presented at the ‘Regional Conference on Conservation and Management of World Natural Heritage Sites: Sharing experiences and best practices from South Asia’, organised by UNESCO New Delhi and MoEF, Government of India in 2013; and undergone a ‘Training Workshop on Periodic Reporting and Retrospective Inventory of Natural Heritage Sites’, organised by the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun in 2010. I have earlier worked on strategic planning for Transboundary Biodiversity Management at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, Nepal. My areas of interest relate to World Heritage and Protected Area management, environment policy and governance, and interdisciplinary approaches to biodiversity conservation.