Executive Director’s Profile

  1. Mr R N Mehrotra was selected and worked in the Indian Forest Service (IFS) from1977 to 2011
  2. Have experience of working with one of the world’s largest MNC-Rio Tinto. Working with Rio Tinto Exploration India Pvt. Ltd. as  Advisor, ( Forests and Wildlife) since July’2014 to dec’2016 on the ‘Bunder Project’ of the company for sustainable and non impacting mining of diamonds in Chattarpur district, Madhya Pradesh.
  3. Was engaged in 2012 by UNHabitat, Myanmar to Lead a team of specialists and  to prepare a “Long Term Plan for Restoration and Conservation of Inle Lake”, Shan State, Myanmar. The Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar known to be unique for its fish endemism and is an ASEAN heritage site. It is facing severe degradation due anthropogenic factors and has been impacted by climatic change. The plan has been approved by the Government of Myanmar and launched in January’2015.
  4. Path breaking projects were initiated in 2009 for the Keoladeo National Park, a famous Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur,  a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Ramsar Wetland of International importance. This included designing and commissioning of a project to provide a dedicated source of water to this dying wetland by diverting and provisioning flood waters of Yamuna river to Bharatpur district. As a result a new and a sustainable source of water is now available to the wetland. This has ensured that even in times of drought in Rajasthan, the Bird Sanctuary shall get water from Yamuna and would continue to attract migratory birds from northern part of the globe during winters. Eradication of alien invasive species  from the Park has given a new lease of life to the shrinking Biodiversity base of the wetland. The efforts made by the department for ecosystem revival in desert areas of Rajasthan under his leadership are commendable and have resulted in the short listing of the Desert National Park situated in Jaiselmer as the World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2009.
  5. As Consultant on Watershed  Management he was hired as Member of UNOPS supervision mission to Mewat Area Development Project (MADP), Haryana India IND/95/FOI from 23.6.01 to 7.7.01. Reviewed the progress registered in the components of Soil and Water Conservation, Canal Irrigation development, Arable Crop, Horticulture Development, Rural Water Supply and resolved various constraints and difficulties experienced in project implementation.
  6. Reviewed the MADP project again as member of UNOPS supervision Mission from 2.5.02 to 11.5.02.
  7. Worked in Government of India as Additional Commissioner Soil & Water Conservation in Ministry of Agriculture(1991-96). Prepared a new set of Guidelines in 1992 for the Centrally Sponsered program of Catchment area Treatment in 35 major River Valley and Flood Prone River projects in India and  prescribed the new methodology of treating the critically fragile  micro watersheds falling in the river catchments. The prescriptions of treatment and recovery of Watersheds were later adopted in the country wide program of drought prone agriculture areas of the country.
  8. As Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Chief Wildlife Warden, Forest Department, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. Mehrotra has several key achievements to his credit. Under his leadership wildlife protection in the State has been strengthened, a systematic action plan of surveillance and monitoring has been developed and deployed in critical tiger habitats in the State. Multi-pronged development and protection strategies were launched including technological upgradation in monitoring of tigers using Google Earth, innovations in management practices such as population estimation methods using digital pugmarks and camera-trap. The sustained efforts of improved management in the tiger reserves led to a population boom in Ranthambhore during 2006-2007, that was internationally recognized by the TIME magazine during 2007. Radio-collaring of tigers for home-range behavior studies of tigers, initiated by him has now become a standard practice in Ranthambhore Tiger reserve and continues to be carried out with ease and efficiency by the staff. In order to reduce anthropogenic pressure on the habitat,  villages inside core tiger habitats in Sariska and Ranthambhore Tiger Reserves was successfully relocated outside by him  in Rajasthan. Re-introduction of tigers from Ranthambhore to Sariska was a historic event successfully accomplished under his leadership. This was the first of its kind, ever done so anywhere in the world. The translocated tigers are well settled in the new habitat and have increased in number from five to 17, They were monitored for first two years(2008-2010) using Google earth and Argos satellite platform. Establishing a wildlife training centre for capacity building of frontline staff of the  Forest Department and regulation of tourism were other initiatives taken under his leadership. All these inputs provided to the two tiger reserves during his tenure have institutionalized the advanced techniques in wildlife management.