Department of Forests and Park Services in collaboration with Slovenian Forestry Institute is organizing a workshop with the theme “Forest Biodiversity and Carbon dynamics in time and space” from 15th to 18th December 2015 at Hotel Ariya in Thimphu.
The opening session of the workshop was graced by Hon’ble Director General of Department of Forests and Park Services. The Director General in his opening remarks expressed the importance of bilateral collaboration and the interest in further strengthening the relation through collaboration in terms of science and research.
The participants include delegations from the Slovenian Forestry Institute led by Dr. Primoz Simomcic, Director of the institute. The other participants are from the University of Antwerpen, Belgium, representative from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Republic of Slovenia, and a delegate from the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in New Delhi. The department is also represented by participants from functional divisions, UWICE, Thimphu Territorial Division and RNR-RDC Yusipang.
The following days of the workshop will see a series of presentations and sharing of the scientific experiences. The participants will be discussing on various topics such as forest genetics, fungi ecosystem diversity in forest management, biotechnology, climate reconstruction using stable isotopes, dendrochronology and wood anatomy. The workshop is also aimed to identify priority areas for forest-based research collaboration between Bhutan and Slovenia. Bhutan will present on forest management and conservation covering important topics like biodiversity conservation, National Forest Inventory, Carbon sink and dendrochronology.
The workshop is funded by EUFORINNO Project 7th FW EU Capacities Program, which is housed at the Slovenian Forestry Institute, Slovenia. The participants from Slovenia and Belgium will visit some forest management areas in Bhutan and will also make visits to cultural sites in Thimphu and Paro. The workshop concludes on 18th December 2015.