Dr Promode Kant IFS (Retd)

Dr Promode Kant holds a PhD in Climate Change and Forestry, Masters in Physics and Masters in Forestry, and a post graduate diploma in wildlife conservation and management and has more than three-decade long experience in the IFS related to forest administration and management. He led the enforcement of CITES in its formative years at Chennai between 1985 to 1988 and then at Mumbai from 1988 to 1990. He established the first tiger project KMTR in Tamil Nadu, initiated the highly successful Eco-development program around its buffer and made it into the biggest hub for field research in wildlife in India while leading it on two occasions. He has held several top positions in Tamil Nadu Forest Department both in the headquarters and also as Managing Director of the Tamil Nadu Tea Plantation Corporation, Coonoor, which is the largest tea plantation company in the public sector in India. He had also had extensive opportunities of taking part in international negotiations during CITES conferences and background role in climate change negotiations.

In 2008 Dr Kant took retirement from the Indian Forest Service and has since been involved in writing, teaching and capacity building in climate change adaptation policy making. He is a visiting faculty at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun, India, and at the Institute of Forest Policy and Information of the Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing. Dr Promode Kant has written more than 50 papers on forestry and climate change related issues and has been a co-author of a number of books. He is a reviewer of the Elsevier Journal of Energy Policy and of Elsevier Journal of Forest Policy and Economics.