IUFRO-SPDC Training Workshop

Thimphu, Bhutan
22 - 24 October, 2013

Organised by: RNR Research and Development Center Yusipang, IUFRO-SPDC and Institute of Forest Ecology, BOKU University, Vienna, Austria

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IUFRO-SPDC in collaboration with the Renewable Natural Resources Research and Development Center Yusipang, Department of Forest and Park Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan, organised a three-day training workshop on “Working Effectively at the Interface of Forest Science and Forest Policy”. The workshop took place at the Natural Resources Development Cooperation Ltd. Headquarters in Thimphu, Bhutan from 22 to 24 October 2013.

This workshop activity has been implemented as part of the Bhutan-Austria Project on “Climate change adaptation potentials of forests in Bhutan – Building human capacities and knowledge base (BC-CAP)”, representing a follow-up initiative of a long-term collaboration on forest research between Bhutan and Austria. IUFRO contributes to Work Package 6 on "Training of Bhutanese forest scientists, Government officials and other relevant stakeholders in effective dissemination and uptake of scientific knowledge in the field of climate sensitive forestry and – land use".

The aim of the workshop was to enable the participants from various organisations in Bhutan to learn about the best practices of science-policy interactions as evidenced in the global negotiations on climate change based on collaborative scientific analysis under the umbrella of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  A range of case studies from the global policy arena as well as national level such as India, Nepal and Costa Rica were presented addressing forest-related science-policy issues including field projects for reducing deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).