CNR, Lobesa Oct 15, 2016: A team from National Biodiversity Center (NBC), Serbithang conducted a half-day seminar on “The National Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Utilization Program with special focus on Access and Benefit-sharing and the Material Transfer Agreement” at the college Convention Hall on September 15, 2016.
The seminar is part of the NBC’s ongoing initiatives to create awareness onbiodiversity conservation and sustainable utilization, and the various legal frameworks related to biodiversity. It was attended by the members of the Faculty, and students from BSc In-service Forestry, Agriculture and BSc Forestry Nested.
Bhutan became Party to the International Convention on the Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1995 and ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization in 2012. Educating and creating awareness, among various other activities, have since been one of the key areas the Center focuses on towardsthe implementation of the Convention of Protocol
The seminar commenced with a brief introduction ofprograms under NBC, and the various biodiversity conservation and sustainable utilization initiatives. This was followed by an overview on CBD, Nagoya Protocol, Biodiversity Act of Bhutan 2003 and Interim Access and Benefit Sharing Policy of Bhutan 2015. Participants were also briefed on the importance of Traditional Knowledge documentation and protocol for Material and Transfer Agreement.
It ended with discussion, among which were the talks of strengthening collaboration, particularly in the field of research, between the two institutions.
This is the third seminar conducted by NBC in the college.
Reported by Sunil Sapkota (FO Nested, 1st Batch)
Photo: Karma Lhundup (FO, 6th Cohort)
As an annual flagship youth event, ICIMOD is organizing the ‘Asia Pacific Youth Forum 2016 (#APYF2016): Youth and Mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals’, in Kathmandu, Nepal from 27 to 30 September 2016.
The event will bring together young professionals, including scientists, early career professionals, young politicians, and youth initiative leaders from the region, and will develop their knowledge on mountains and climate change issues with a focus on the role of youth in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This forum is made possible with support from the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) under its Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Collaboration (SMD4GC) programme.
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Kuensel: A three-week summer school programme focusing on foundations and methods of agriculture economics and policy for sustainable mountainous development that was held at College of Natural Resources (CNR), Lobesa ended on July 28.
The summer school was jointly organised by CNR, the Humboldt University, Berlin and the University of Hohenheim, Germany. Coordinator and assistant rofessor at CNR, Dr Tulsi Gurung said the summer school was aimed at facilitating research collaborations between Bhutanese and German research groups in order to put theory and methods into practice.
Around 20 participants from various organisations of the agriculture and forests ministry, and staff and students of CNR attended the summer school programme. She said the resource persons were experts from two partner universities who have tailored the content around the challenges Bhutan is facing for sustainable mountain development such as humanwildlife conflict, sustainable land management and organic agriculture. Funded by the German academic exchange service, DAAD, the summer schoolprogramme will continue till 2018. Dr Tulsi Gurung said that over the three weeks the participants were introduced to principles of farm economics and economic analysis with special emphasis on handson applications.
They were also taught about the principles of environmental economics and valuation methods of ecosystem services. Bhutan falls among the world’s 10 biodiversity hotspots and also depends strongly on hydropower generation. Therefore, valuation methods of natural capital and payment for ecosystem services, and examples for watershed management were found relevant for the country’s context. She said lectures were also given on methods of policy analysis and impact evaluation, which are applied to policies in Bhutan’s agricultural sector, such as the 100 percent organic agricultural policy or the impact of investments in farm road infrastructure on rural livelihoods.
Meanwhile, the CNR is also hosting the Chula right livelihood summer school programme, which started from July 24. It is a two-week programme and attended by 20 participants from Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia, USA, India, China, Spain, Germany, Poland, Madagascar and four participants from Bhutan. The facilitators of the programme are from CNR and Malaysia. The participants will be sent on field placements in Wangdue and Punakha valley from July 31 to August 2, according to the programme coordinators. It is jointly organised by CNR and the Right Livelihood CollegeChulalongkorn University inThailand.
Coordinators said the purpose of the summer school is to share knowledge related to food security, indigenous knowledge, and local seeds with focus on peace and happiness.