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Designation:Inspector General Forests

Organization:Cabinet Secretariat, Climate Change Division

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Syed Mahmood Nasir is currently serving as the Inspector General of Forests in Ministry of Environment since 2010 and represents the state of Pakistan as the focal person or controlling officer to international obligations for REDD+, Convention on Biological Diversity CBD ,  UN-Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD, Convention on Migratory Species CMS Ramsar Convention on Wetlands , CITES Convention on International Trade in Wild Species of Fauna and Flora , GSLEP Global Snow Leopard Ecosystem Programme, SAWEN South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network, and MFF Mangroves for the Future Programme .  In addition to administrative duties, Mr Nasir is a prolific researcher and continues to publish robust studies in academic domain combining his practical orientation with contemporary theory and practice. Much of his research has been featured in prestigious international conferences.
Earlier he has served in the Forest Department as Conservator of Forests, the federal Ministry of Environment as DIG Forests, Director Biodiversity and Deputy Secretary International Cooperation and now as . In addition to official engagements, he is extensively engaged in the development sector at international, national and provincial levels.
Mr. Nasir has several environments focused innovative projects, programs and policy initiatives to his credit. He is the pioneer for introducing and mainstreaming new concepts in Pakistan like REDD+ and raising eyebrows leading to solid action against turtle and pangolin trafficking from Pakistan, He has brought the global developments on understanding ecosystems by updating the 1935 ‘Forest Types “concept by his 2015 publication in impact factor journal by applying HLZ Howard’s Life Zone classification to Pakistan’s diverse ecosystems. His latest first is the start of a long struggle to convince decision makers of Pakistan to use floods as an opportunity in the capacity of Pakistan’s National focal Point for the Ramsar convention on Wetlands.
He played the key role in catalyzing the first research on vulture decline in Pakistan. He played the instrumental part  the creation of Pakistan's largest network of forest professional known as 'All foresters' Network. He authored Pakistan's First and Third Reports for the Convention on Biodiversity,  showcased the pastoralists' participation in the World Gathering of Nomads at Segovia Spain 2007 and another at CIS during June 2011. He has also authored the Management Plan for Chitral Gol National Park, the first attempt to address diverse environmental and social issues in Pakistan (December 2007). He also has more than 12 publications and many reports on various aspects of the Environment.
Syed Mahmood Nasir holds a Masters degree in Forestry, a post-graduate diploma in Geographical Information Systems GIS from the ITC the Netherlands and currently Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad (Dissertation on Bakarwal nomads).

He is widely traveled during his career in the field of forestry and environment. He was the elected president of the Students' Association Board at ITC where he actively worked in the social, cultural and academic affairs with people of approximately 40 nationalities.

He has well mixed experience as a forestry and environmental practitioner and at the policy, practitioner and research levels.