The Bhutan Ecological Society (BES) successfully hosted its Fourth Annual Research Symposium on 3-4 December in Thimphu, Bhutan. The symposium drew researchers from universities, government agencies, CSO’s and school.

Honourable Dasho Paljor J Dorji, the President of society opened the program with welcome speech emphasizing the importance of economic growth hand-in-hand with protecting the intact ecosystems that Bhutan’s forefathers gifted to all future generations. During the inaugural Ceremony, National Biodiversity Centre launched field books on Lady Beetle, Dragonflies and Damselflies, Moths & Bees and Wasp of Bhutan.

Two days research symposium featured talks by 29 covering presentation from species conservation, sustainable livelihood, waste management, water, climate and agricultural productivity. The program also included a presentation by School for Field Studies (SFS) and poster session as part of the event. The proceeding from the symposium is expected to be useful for decision makers.

Research symposium is an annual event for the society initiated with a hope to discourse researcher from different sectors to discuss and promote ecological integrity while promoting economic development in the country.  The Fifth annual research symposium will be hosted in 2018.

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