Dr. Asha Rajvanshi, Senior Fellow


Dr. Asha Rajvanshi is presently a Senior Professional Fellow at the Wildlife Institute of India. She superannuated from the position of Scientist G at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun in July 2018. She has over three decades of professional standing as a teacher, trainer, researcher and impact assessment practitioner. She has played the lead role in developing, testing and encouraging mainstreaming tools for biodiversity in impact assessment and in building capacity of a wide range of practitioners- professional foresters; civil servants; environmental auditors; and engineers in the road, railway, mining and energy sectors in the field of  Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). She has also presented training courses in USA, Norway, Korea, Australia, Ghana, Switzerland, Mexico, Portugal, Canada, Italy and Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Rajvanshi has made a significant contribution in championing the promotion of SEA in India through her active support in awareness raising, capacity building efforts and developments of best practice manuals. Asha has been at the forefront of research in the field of Transportation ecology in India. She is actively contributing to the growth of the discipline of transportation ecology for responsible planning of transportation infrastructure through her strong interest in promoting eco-friendly design of linear infrastructure for mitigating the impacts of development in road and rail sectors.

She has provided professional support to many international organizations in their endeavors of promoting responsible growth. These organisations include the UNEP; Convention on Biological Diversity; European Union; The World Bank; IUCN; International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA); GIZ; Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF); Environmental and Social Safeguards Unit of the Inter-American Development Bank, Washington DC; Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment; Saudi Aramco; Canadian Environmental Collaborative; Wetland International; Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana; Wetland International; Asian Development Bank.

Dr. Rajvanshi has also contributed to the two major global initiatives- The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2004) in the area of mainstreaming of biodiversity issues in Environmental Impact Assessment for Global Assessment Responses Working Group and to the Inter-governmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) led Asia-Pacific Regional Assessment during 2014-2017.

She has served as a member of the Expert Appraisal Committees of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India for over two decades and on the national committee for developing accreditation system for EIA consultants. She is a member of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) and has co- chaired its Biodiversity and Ecology Section.

Dr. Asha Rajvanshi has been chosen for the Lifetime Achievement Award of the IAIA for 2019 for her sustained and significant contributions to impact assessment.