Dr. Vinod B. Mathur, D.Phil. (Oxon)




Name : Dr. Vinod B. Mathur, D.Phil. (Oxon.)

Present Designation
& Address







Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun
(Uttarakhand State), INDIA
Tel.:    +91-135-2640910 (Off.); +91-9412051610 (H);
Mob: +91-94120-54648;  Fax:   +91-135-2640117


UNESCO Category 2 Centre for World Natural Heritage Management and Training for Asia-Pacific Region at WII

Date of Birth : 03 August, 1959
Nationality : Indian
Present Pay Scale : Apex Scale 17th (Rs. 2,25,000/- per month, equivalent to the Secretary, Government of India)


Dr. Vinod B. Mathur joined the Indian Forest Service (IFS) and topped the 1983-85 IFS Professional Course at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA), Dehradun and also the XLV Foundational Course at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) in 1985. He obtained his doctorate degree from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom in 1991. He is the Regional Vice-Chair of the IUCN-World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA-South Asia) and member of the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA). He is currently serving as member of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India Committees on World Heritage Conservation, Biosphere Reserves and Management Effectiveness Evaluation and as member of the National Board for Wildlife Standing Committee. He has now spent over three decades in WII, actively contributing to its wide range of training, research and academic programmes in the field of natural resource conservation. He has extensive experience as an international trainer and his special interest include natural resource conservation, heritage conservation, environmental and strategic impact assessment and biodiversity informatics.

He has been actively contributing on research-policy interface issues and has been the Regional Vice-Chair (Asia-Pacific Region) of United Nations Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (UN-IPBES) Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) (2014-2018). He has also been the Chair of the UN-CBD Informal Advisory Group for developing synergies between seven biodiversity-related conventions. He has been part of the official Indian delegation for CBD and UNESCO World Heritage Committee Meetings since 2006 and has in-depth knowledge about the working of these conventions.

He possesses an outstanding scholastic record coupled with strong leadership skills and networking capabilities. He has made significant contribution as a ‘scientific administrator’ and in promoting ‘scientific research’ through both publications and outreach programmes.

He served as Dean, Wildlife Institute of India from November, 2005 to January, 2014 and was appointed as Director, WII in February, 2014 and as Director, UNESCO Category 2 Centre for World Natural Heritage Management and Training for Asia-Pacific Region at WII in September, 2015 and is widely recognized as an institution builder. In recognition of his scientific merit and professional contribution, the Government of India has granted the Apex Pay Scale (17th, Central 7th Pay Commission), equivalent to the Secretary, Government of India, as measure personal to him, till his superannuation in August, 2019.

As Director, Wildlife Institute of India he has been successful in raising over Rs. 150 crores as collaborative projects with national and international agencies and has executed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with leading universities/ institutions in USA, Canada and Europe including the United Nations (UN) bodies such as UNESCO, UNDP and the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. Currently, he has been spearheading the work on harmonizing conservation concerns in development planning and promoting green infrastructure development. He has been elected in May, 2019 as a member of the prestigious UN-IPBES Bureau from the Asia-Pacific region for a three-year term.


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