To greatly extend the technical and scientific capacity of Darwin Fellow Ram Chandra Poudel in plant biodiversity conservation. He will obtain Edinburgh’s internationally renowned MSc degree on Plant Biodiversity and Taxonomy, based at RBGE and Edinburgh University. This will include a research thesis revising a significant plant group which will also contribute to the Flora of Nepal. Collaboration with Himalayan experts at Aberdeen University will extend the training in ethnobotany. Mr Poudel is already experienced in training others and the benefits of this fellowship will be disseminated to other Nepalese botanists via targeted training activities and an active research programme.