Dragons land in Bhutan for Field Course

A group of 12 students along with three faculty members from the ‘Where There Be Dragons’, United States are in Bhutan from 3rd July 2019 for three weeks field course. This field course on Happiness in the Bhutan Himalaya will enable them to explore and learn Bhutanese way of life in rural Bhutan. They will also get to experience living with household in central Bhutan to deepen their knowledge on typical rural Bhutanese livelihood. Besides, the students will be learning on the environment and various conservation efforts undertaken by our country. [Read More...]

UWICER celebrates 9th graduation ceremony

The UWICER celebrated the graduation ceremony of 30 trainees of the National Certificate II & III Forester course on 26th June 2019 at Lamai Goempa Bumthang. The event was presided over by the Director of the Institute Mr. Shacha Dorji and attended by the faculty, other staff members, and regional and sector heads from Bumthang Dzongkhag. [Read More...]

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...]

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