National Training for Wetland Managers in Bhutan

The Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests of Bhutan, organized the “National Training for Wetland Managers” on 24-28 July 2017 in Thimphu, Bhutan. The training aimed to orient participants on the Ramsar Convention and its tools; share basic concepts, new information, and experiences in wetland management; identify site-specific and common wetland issues in the country, and recommend solutions to address these issues; encourage interaction and discussions among wetland managers; and strengthen the network of wetland managers in the country.

Twenty nine (29) managers and officers of Ramsar Sites and wetlands in Bhutan joined the five-day event which tackled priority topics about wetland science, rapid assessment of wetland ecosystem services, and the Ramsar Site Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (R-METT). Participants visited one wetland near the Takin Preserve and the Royal Botanical Park as part of the field exercises. The training included resource persons from TERI University in India, RM Wetlands and Environment, Suncheon City Government in the Republic of Korea, and the IUCN Asia Regional Office. This event is being held annually as part of the regular activities of the RRC-EA under its Communication, Capacity Building, Education, Participation, and Awareness (CEPA) Program.