The Bhutan Ecological Society (BES) successfully hosted its 5th Annual Research Symposium on 2-3 December in Thimphu, Bhutan. The symposium drew researchers from universities, government agencies, CSO’s and schools.

Her Royal Highness Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, the Royal Petron of BES opened the program with a keynote address emphasizing the importance of being connected to ecology and environment in this technological era to aggrandize our pursuits for prosperity, peace and wellbeing. During the Inaugural Ceremony, the 5th Jigme Singye Wangchuck Outstanding Environmental Stewardship Award (JSW-OESA) was conferred to late Sangay Wangchuk (PhD). Late Dr. Sangay Wangchuk served in the Department of Forests and Park Services for over 40 years and as the head of the Nature Conservation Division under the Department of Forests and Park Services, he was instrumental in establishing the current system of Protected Areas in Bhutan. The Bhutan Ecological launched the 3rd issue of the Journal of the Society, showcasing the work of Bhutanese authors from across the country. A report on Enabling an Energy Efficient Built Environment in Bhutan was also launched during the event.

The two-day research symposium featured talks by 30 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. The environmental fair showcased various information booths and innovative models related to conservation or environmental protection.

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 Sixth Annual Research Symposium and Environmental Fair will be hosted in 2019.