Director, DoFPS, visits UWICER as part of his familiarization tour

Honorable Director, the Department of Forest and Park Services (DoFPS), Mr. Lobzang Dorji, visited UWICER as part of his familiarization tour on May 16, 2019. A brief update on Institute’s activities, followed by an interactive session, was held at UWICER to familiarize the Director on UWICER’s role as research and training Institute for the DoFPS. In his keynote address, the DoFPS’ Director underscored the need to strengthen the collaboration between the institute, field and functional divisions. While the Director commended on a significant role that UWICER has played for DoPFS, he informed the floor that there is a need to redefine and prioritize the research and training strategies to cater to an emerging needs of the country. As the custodian of natural resources, he also reiterated on a need and importance of scaling up our professionalism and conduct as a forester and environmentalist. [Read More...]

SLANT - Bhutan write-shop in Paro (11-13 May 2019)

The Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has been implementing the project“Sloping lands in transition: Participatory research on landscape management for forest ecosystem service provision and adaptation-SLANTsupported by Government of Austria, since 2016.   As part of the final phase of the project, a write-shop is being conducted by UWICER and CIFOR at Paro to synthesize the results of the project and prepare materials for dissemination to policy makers, forestry professionals and the communities of the research sites. Another objective of the write-shop is to review the overall project experiences and to chalk out the activities for the second phase of the project. Dr. Himlal Baral, Senior Scientist at CIFOR, and Dr. Robin Sears, Consultant, are facilitating the three-day write-shop. After the workshop, the team of researchers will visit some of the field sites in Thimphu, Punakha and Trongsa to discuss research findings with the Local Forest Officers and other key stakeholders. [Read More...]

Foresters undergoing a week long training on Forest Silviculture.

The Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research in coordination with the Forest Resources Management Division, Department of Forests and Park Services, is organizing a week-long training on Forest Silviculture from 16 to 21 April, 2019, at the UWICER, Bumthang.  [Read More...]

Consultative Workshop to develop strategic plan for Black Necked Crane and White Bellied Heron

The Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research in collaboration with Royal Society for Protection of Nature is organizing a consultative workshop to develop strategic plan for the iconic avian species (Black necked cranes and White-bellied heron) on 11 and 12 April 2019.  The workshop brought in the Chief Forestry Officers, senior forest officials and senior officials from RSPN to the workshop.  These 35 officials from across the country representing various habitats of Black necked crane and White-bellied heron got together on one platform to collectively think for the conservation and welfare of the species.  The workshop saw presentations on the conservation status and issues from various habitats to assess the conservation status and issues to develop strategic plan for these species.  [Read More...]


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