Research, discussions, and ideas on Nepal’s Sustainable Development
Sustainable Nepal is published by Kashish Das Shrestha. Having worked in the media since 1997, he has been regularly writing analysis and features on environment issues since 2008.
Kashish Das Shrestha is a widely published writer and an independent policy analyst who takes a holistic approach on issues of sustainable development in Nepal, with a focus on environment and climate change, wildlife, energy, agriculture, and urban development. He has worked closely with Nepal’s Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Means on several issues and is Niti Foundation’s 2012 Renewable Energy Policy Fellow.
In Grade 6 Kashish won a Kathmandu wide school competition for a proposal to curb the valley’s pollution. As prize, he got to personally hand over his ‘modern mass-transit’ based proposal to the then Prime Minister on World Environment Day 1994. He continues to believe in and pursue the idea.
Kashish’s writings have appeared on the New York Times Dot Earth and China Dialogue. His column Of This Earth was published in Republica national daily’s Friday edition, The Week, for a several years, where he regularly contributed to the daily’s environment coverage.
In 2009 he published the 350NEPAL single volume journal with original essays on climate change by authors including Bill McKibben.
Kashish has also been the New York correspondent for BBC Nepali Service and has produced and hosted more than 3000 live hours of radio shows on Image FM 97.9.
In 2008, he also published a Podcast, In Conversation, from New York. His writings have been published in all major dailies and many other national print publications in Nepal.
Kashish Das Shrestha works as a communications consultant social issues in Nepal. Most recently he co-designed and moderated a 2-day media workshop ‘Earth Matters: Changing the Lens on Environment Reporting,’ organized to mark Earth Day 2013 by USAID-funded Hariyo Ban program in Kathmandu, Nepal. A total of 12 working environment journalists from radio, national dailies, and weekly magazines were invited to participate from the pool of applicants.
He also conducted the photography based workshop ‘Changing the Lens on Gender,’ focused on Gender-Based Violence for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ beneficiaries in Jhapa as well as Kathmandu (2012). The workshop culminated with a production of a book capturing the photos and stories developed by the workshop participants from the Bhutanese refugee camps in Jhapa.
Sustainable Nepal, and the research conducted and produced by Kashish Das Shrestha, has been primarily self-funded by his work as a photographer in New York and Nepal since 2007. His clients include international publications covering fashion and music, as well as development and humanitarian agencies.