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Vishwas Chitale
Project lead-Climate change vulnerability of forests , Intergovernmental/ International NGO
Pune, India
Climate change professional with a PhD and 13+ years of experience in working with government and NGOs in various countries in Asia. My broad work areas include natural resource management, climate change adaptation and resilience building, sustainable development and Geospatial technology. I have published 40+ knowledge products that include research papers, blogs, and reports.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural, Urban
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research
Professional Experience:
My current work mainly includes collaborating with different government and non-government agencies in Asia to develop science based evidence to support decision making and planning. I have experience of working with decision makers at different hierarchies such as district, province, national, and international level. I have worked with multiple stakeholders and partners including development partners, government departments, NGOs, and private sectors in following countries viz., India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Myanmar. The broad topics of collaboration and implementation mainly included forest management, technical support in developing national adaptation plans, climate change vulnerability and resilience building, enhancing the capacity of stakeholders, developing decision support systems, forest climate sensitivity and adaptation planning, and SDG monitoring.
I have very good knowledge and practical experience of working on contemporary topics such as advancements in technology in climate change, adaptation planning, linkages with SDGs, ecological modelling, and machine learning and AI. I have been an active team member in arranging different events including conferences, trainings, and workshops and I have led a few key events that hosted participants from various countries. I have worked on writing a few proposals in my tenure at ICIMOD and I am happy to have contributed in securing funding of more than 10 million USD from different funding agencies. I have strong writing and presentation skills, which reflects in my publication list that includes >25 research articles, >10 book chapters, and >15 presentations at various national and international forums. I enjoy working with multi-functional and multicultural teams.
PHD - IIT Kharagpur (Thesis on climate change impacts on biodiversity hotspots in India)
MSc(Geoinformatics) - Pune University
BSc (Botany) - Pune University
Affiliations and Achievements:

Core Member of Working group on Indian Himalayan Region of NITI Aayog, India (2018-2020)
Life member of Indian Society for Remote Sensing
Member of American Geophysical Union (2021)
TCFD: Introduction to climate-related disclosures: Starting the climate journey; managing financial risks from climate change; understanding the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD); CFI: Introduction to ESG; ImperialX: Climate Change: Financial Risks and Opportunities; SDG Academy: Climate Action: Solutions for a Changing Planet

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    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
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