The annual HEROES (Himalayan Environmental Rhythm Observation and Evaluation System) workshop is underway in Samdrupjongkhar. The workshop is organized by UWICER with funding support from Karuna Foundation through Bhutan Foundation.

The 7-day workshop is being attended by 21 focal teachers from across the country and officials from Royal Education Council, Department of School Education, Bhutan Foundation, RDC-Wengkhar and UWICER.

One of the main objectives of the workshop is to impart phenology observation skills and climate change literacy to students through training of focal teachers from the respective schools. The lessons are delivered through series of hands on exercises on plants observation skills, theoretical session on climate change, taxonomy and curriculum perspective on Environmental Science.

HEROES, as citizen science initiative, generates daily phenology and climate data for assessing the impact of climate change on biodiversity of Bhutan. Also, the participating schools serve as data center that will cater to educational need of schools, desiring to impart climate change educational programs. In addition, through this long term monitoring program, the data collected through this effort is expected to be used for designing climate change adaptation measures and resilience programs for the country.  

The week long program will end on 16th January, 2018.