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Seema Bhatt is an independent consultant working on issues related to biodiversity, climate change and ecotourism. She has been associated with Kalpavriksh from its inception. Seema is a graduate from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She worked as a Senior Programme Officer with WWF India on its McArthur Foundation supported Biodiversity ‘Hotspots’ Conservation Programme. Seema was also the South Asia Coordinator for the USAID supported Biodiversity Conservation Network. She has been involved in the evaluation of several donor supported biodiversity 
programmes. Seema was also part of the Technical and Policy Core Group that produced the final technical report for India’s National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan. Her particular focus of work is on strengthening the links between conservation of biodiversity and livelihoods of local communities. In this context Seema also co-coordinated a documentation of Community Conserved Areas across South Asia as part of Kalpavriksh.

Seema has also worked extensively on ecotourism issues in South Asia and has recently co-authored a book on Ecotourism Development in India published by the Cambridge University Press.

In 2007, Seema was the manager for a DfID and IDRC supported gap analysis of looking at adaptation to climate change across the Asia region. She has also been involved in a similar exercise for USAID on behalf of the Institute for Social and Environment Transition (ISET). Seema is a Board member of this Colorado-based institution.

Seema is also a Fulbright Scholar.