Dragons Back for a Semester Program

A group of 12 students and 3 faculties from the ‘Where There Be Dragons’, the United States are at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment Research (UWICER) campus, for Bhutan: Environmental sustainability and community happiness program. The group arrived on 21 st February 2020. During the program, they will explore and learn Bhutanese way of life in rural Bhutan and experience living with Bhutanese household to deepen their knowledge of livelihood. They will also learn some of the ethnobotanical use of our natural resources. Besides, they will attend various research talks delivered by the researchers of the institute on the environment and various conservation efforts undertaken by our country. [Read More...]

Basic GPS and GIS Training

A week long training on basic GPS and GIS training started tody with 21 participants from the Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS). The training is aimed at imparting basic skills to DoFPS front-line staff on how to use smartphone GPS, acquire/collect spatial data, import and overlay data to Google Earth, digitize and process data in QGIS, perform basic geoprocessing operations, and create map (map cartography). [Read More...]

SFS Spring Program Started in Bhutan

2020 spring semester of the School for Field Studies (SFS)-Bhutan Program has been started from January 27 with 24 undergraduate students from various colleges/universities of the US. The SFS-Bhutan is a joint program hosted by three organizations – the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER) of the Department of Forests and Park Services, MoAF, the Bhutan Ecological Society (BES), and the School for Field Studies (www.fieldstudies.org) with its head office based in Massachusetts, US.  The SFS-Bhutan focuses on Himalayan Environment and Society in Transition with three main disciplinary courses: i) Mountain Ecology (ME); ii) Land Use, Natural Resources, & Conservation (LUNRC); and iii) Political & Socioeconomic Dimensions of Environment (PSEDE). The program also contains a small component on religion and culture of Bhutan. [Read More...]

Training on Orchid Propagation

Three days training on orchid propagation, growing and management is undergoing at Non-Wood Forest Products and Agroforestry Technology Sub-Centre Darla. The activity is funded by Resilient Mountain Solutions in Bhutan of ICIMOD. The participants are mostly flower growers, youth, housewives and forestry officials. The participants were trained specifically to grow Cymbidium spp. as the species are now not available in its wild habitat due to extensive collection by the people.The participants are receiving hands-on training and will now be able to grow the orchids in their nursery and homes. [Read More...]


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