Kunal Sharma

Areas of Interest & Expertise

Conservation and Sustainability, Indigenous people, Climate Change, Forest based Livelihoods, Ecotourism


Kunal Sharma is a part of the Research Centre team.

Kunal has worked on various aspects of conservation, sustainability and forest based livelihoods, indigenous people and ecotourism for the past 16 years. He has worked with Keystone Foundation on indigenous people and restoration. Kunal worked on developing sustainable tourism models in Jungle Lodges and Resorts and on the implementation of the Biological Diversity Act with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) India. Additionally, he has worked with Wildlife Trust of India as the head of the Wildlands and Community divisions.

He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management from Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal and a Bachelor’s degree in Arts (Public Administration, Economics & History) from Punjab University, Chandigarh, Punjab. 

Publications and Writings:

Chapters in Books:

  • Linking Ecotourism and Biodiversity Conservation — Perspective from India. In Sustainable Use and Biodiversity Conservation in India (In Print), 2021.
  • Honey Corridors in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and Appalachian Coal Production Areas. Pp 297 – 314 in Global Mountain Regions: Conversations towards the Future. Ann Kingsolver and Sasikumar Balasundaram. Co-authored with Dr. Tammy Horn Potter, Indiana University Press, 2018.
  • Documentation of indigenous Knowledge in the Nilgiri Hills of India. Pp 135 – 139 in Conserving Medicinal Species: securing a healthy future. Miththapala, S. (ed) IUCN: Ecosystems and Livelihoods Group, Asia, 2006.