Ajith holds a doctorate from University of British Columbia (Canada), a post-graduate from the Indian Institute of Forest Management (India) and an advanced course on Environmental Management from University of Bradford (UK).
Over the past 20 years he has worked with NGOs, academic institutions and international funding agencies on community based sustainable management of resources especially related to forests. For example, he has worked with state and national governments in India for improving the institutional and governance mechanism in forest management. He has also been part of state and national level policy forums for development of mechanisms and programmes in the forest sector. In Canada, he was a member of the Socio-Economic Extension Working Group of FORREX, which has been set up to assist the British Columbia forest department.
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