2004 MSc, Environment Management, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun
2002 BSc, Physics, Bharathiar University, Tamil Nadu
Countries: India, Indonesia
States: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh
Cities: Bengaluru, Delhi, Chennai, Coimbatore, Rajkot
Languages: English and Hindi
Dhanapal has worked on several projects on ecology, environmental planning, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in urban as well as rural areas in India. He has published several research articles and blogs on these topics. His current research interests and work at IIHS focus on climate change, disaster risk reduction and management, and use of geospatial tools for urban planning and development.
Dhanapal also has several years of experience in programme management. He has successfully coordinated a UNDP support project on building capacities of Indian and State Civil Service officers on climate change and environmental issues. He worked closely with the Lal Bahadur Shastry National Academy of Administration and 16 State Administrative Training Institutes on this project. He has also organised 12 workshops involving international organisations, the government of India and State governments. While working in Chhattisgarh on a DFID support project on the implementation of State Action Plan on Climate Change, he played a key role in setting up of State Centre for Climate Change and designing its research and training programmes.
Dhanapal’s other core skill is Ecology and Forest Management. He has worked for several years on tiger conservation, tribal livelihood development and forest management in territorial divisions in several States. He worked as a consultant for the World Resources Institute and helped identify spatial landscape restoration opportunities at national and landscape levels in India, and develop an Integrated Forest Management Toolbox for developing Forest Working Plans for Sustainable Forest Management.
He has a Master’s degree in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. His preferred hobbies are trekking and when time permits, reading non-fiction books.