The Bhutan Ecological Society successfully organized its 6th Annual Research Symposium on 9-11 November 2021. The objectives of the Symposium are to bring about useful information to policy makers and provide opportunities for researchers to contribute and learn about research happening in various fields. The Symposium, held virtually this year, drew national and international researchers from various universities, government sectors, educational institutions, and civil society organizations.

In his keynote address, Dasho Paljor J. Dorji (Benji), President of BES, expressed his concerns on water security for Bhutan and highlighted importance of research and action to address climate change threats. Against this backdrop, he highlighted the importance of the roles of researchers, scientists, environmentalists, practitioners, teachers, and students in helping the public understand the natural world around us and building our appreciation for the environment.

The three-day research symposium featured talks by 31 presenters who presented research in the themes of sustainable livelihoods, climate change, food systems, ecosystem services and biodiversity.