December 11, Thimphu: Her Royal Highness Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, Royal Patron for the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER) and the Bhutan Ecological Society (BES) graced the tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing between UWICER, BES and School for Field Studies (SFS) at Taj Tashi.
The Nature Study Centre (NSC) located at Khebeythang, at northwest of the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (JSWNP )was taken over by Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research on 13th September 2017. The formal handing-taking was executed between Director, UWICER and Chief Forestry Officer, JSWNP. The centre which was established to create enabling environment for both national and international naturalist was not in optimum use after its inaugural ceremony on November 11, 1996.
With taking over the Nature Study Centre, UWICER will use the Center to deliver forest and wildlife management practical components to certificate students and for tailor made courses in forestry; conservation and environment. The centre will also conduct long term monitoring of snow leopards and other important high altitude fauna; and serve as a hub for high altitude flora and faunal studies.The Centre could also be used for field studies for both national and international students who deserve better understanding of nature by virtue of its environmentally pristine location.
The Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER) will be organizing a 10 days Regional Boot Camp on Wildlife Study Design and Data Analysis in collaboration with the Biodiversity Conservation Society of Sarawak (BCSS), Malaysia from 18th – 28th September 2017 (10 days). Interested participants working as a Researcher and Forestry Officer from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, India and Thailand are invited to apply for the course.
The boot camp is intended for people who are involved in wildlife research using techniques such as presence/absence surveys or mark-capture or those who need to understand the results of this research.
Every fourth day of the sixth month in the Bhutanese calendar is observed as the First Sermon of Lord Buddha, formally known as Drukpa Tshe Zhi. This is a National Holiday in Bhutan to observe this holy occasion.