Contact Us

For registration and general inquiries:

Himalayan Field Study Program or Himalayan Retreat

International Institute of Field Studies

277 Eaton Drive, Hinton, Alberta CANADA T7V 1Y5

Tel: (780) 817-3239 Fax: (780) 817-2755



Sharad C. Karmacharya Ph.D Course Coordinator


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sharad-hikingSharad C. Karmacharya, Ph.D., RPF

Dr. Sharad C. Karmacharya, a native of Nepal, studied and worked in Nepal until he moved to North America. He pursued graduate studies in forestry economics and environmental studies in US universities earning Ph.D. in forest and environmental economics.


Sharad C. Karmacharya




1995 Ph.D., Environmental Economics and Policy Analysis

School of Forestry, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA.

1990 M.S., Resource Management and Economics

College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY/Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA

1981 Forestry Degree, A.I.F.C. (Associate Indian Forest College),

Indian Forest College, Dehradun, India.

1999 Information Technology, Toronto School of Business, Ottawa, Canada.

Professional Development and Training Courses

Land-use Planning for Community Forestry and Natural Resources, College of Forestry, Wildlife and Range Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, USA.

Resource Planning, University of Philippines at Los Banos, Philippines.

Forest Resource Management, Kualalumpur, Malaysia.

Social Forestry Development, University of Philippines, Los Banos, Philippines.

Natural Resource Planning and Management, Oxford Forestry Institute, UK.

Project Evaluation and Program Budgeting Techniques, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Development Training and Communication Planning, FAO Regional Office Bangkok, Thailand



 Awards and Honors

FAO Fellowship and Colombo Plan Fellowship; Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 1994, Auburn University, Alabama, USA; International Student Award. Auburn University, USA; “Sulochana Naidu Memorial Award” for best forester, Indian Forest College, Dehradun.


A large number of forestry and environmental related articles, research papers, reports, reviews, and manuals.


Member – College of Alberta Professional Foresters

Canadian Institute of Forestry National Chapter

Canadian Institute of Forestry, Rocky Mountain Chapter

Vice Chairman Himalayan Chautari, Canadian NGO, Ottawa

Life member, Nepal Canada Society of Edmonton, Edmonton, Canada

Member Society of American Foresters, USA

Member Xi Sigma Pi (Forestry Club), USA

Life member Nepal Forestry Association, Nepal



Hiking, camping, sports (soccer, squash, racket ball, tennis), painting, playing musical instruments, coaching youth soccer and volunteering Non-Governmental Organizations(NGO) and charitable organizations (Food Bank, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Himalayan Chautari).



Research in camera-based wildfire detection system, Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada, Hinton, Alberta, Canada.

Community Wildfire/Urban Interface Protection Plan, District of Houston, BC, Canada.

Predictive spatial modelling of grizzly bear habitat and landscape change: An evaluation, Grizzly Bear Project, Foothills Model Forest, Hinton, Alberta, Canada. 2003/04.

Member of the Economic Core Team, Northern East Slopes Sustainable Resource and Environmental management Strategy, Integrated Resource Management, Alberta Environment 2001/02.

Economic Analysis of Enhanced Forest Management practices at FMA level in upper and lower foothills in western Alberta, Weldwood of Canada, Hinton Division, Alberta, Canada 2001.

Himalayan Field Study Program (Field study program on environmental management and international development issues with a field trip to the Himalayas in Nepal for Canadian university students and environmental professionals), Canadian Ecology Council/International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Ottawa, Canada, 2001.

National Climate Change Process-Issue Tables, Standing offer for forest sector, sinks option and economic/social impact analysis, Science Directorate, Department of Public Works and Government Services, Canada 1999.

Green Accounting (Global Climate Change), Canadian International Development Agency, Asia/ASEAN Division, Canadian International Development Agency, 1999.

Analysis to adapt sustainable wetland system for wastewater treatment to industrial and municipal sites in Nepal, CITTA, Canada, 1998.

Review of Dry Zone Revitalization and Development: Sri Lanka, Partners in Rural Development, Canadian Hunger Foundation, Canada, 1998.

Sustainability criteria and indicator for Tree Growers’ Cooperative Project, National Tree Growers’ Cooperative Federation/Canadian International Development Agency, 1997.

Evaluation of Tree Growers Cooperative Program in Western India, Federation of Tree Growers Cooperative/Canadian International Development Agency, Hull, Quebec, Canada, 1997.

Economic assessment of Red-cockaded woodpecker management in private forests in Alabama and Georgia, Auburn University/Georgia-Pacific, USA, 1996.

Socio-economic analyis of Best Management Practices in forestry in Alabama, Auburn University/Scott Paper, 1996.

Economics of soil conservation in forestry with random soil loss, Auburn University, Auburn Alabama, USA, 1995

Evaluation of management practices in private forests in three physiographic zones of Alabama, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA, 1995.

Community Forestry Development Project, FAO/UNDP/World Bank, Kathmandu, Nepal (1981-1987).




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