ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Workshop for the development of a national wetland inventory for the Kingdom of Bhutan (2019)

Funding

Bhutan Department of Forests and Park Services – Watershed Management Division, $27,756

Researchers/Investigators

Professor Max Finlayson, ILWS Adjunct Rob McInnes, ILWS Adjunct Professor Nick Davidson

Research Theme

Sustainable Development (International)

Description

In late February-early March, 2019,  ILWS Adjuncts Professor Nick Davidson and Associate Professor Rob McInnes coordinated and ran a Training Workshop for the Development of a National Wetland Inventory for the Kingdom of Bhutan. The workshop took place over two weeks in Oxford, UK, and was attended by three staff members of the Watershed Management Division, Department of Forests and Park Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan.

The primary objective of the Training Workshop was to develop a framework for the subsequent development and implementation of a National Wetland Inventory for the Kingdom of Bhutan. The Training Workshop included a mix of information sessions and working sessions. The information sessions were designed to provide background understanding on the potential applications of a wetland inventory and how to develop the appropriate framework for implementation.

The colleagues from Bhutan were also assisted by Dr Harvey Rodda of Hydro-GIS. Dr Rodda, Prof Davidson and Rob McInnes are currently working with the Governments of Myanmar and Norway to produce a national inventory for Myanmar. The Workshop provided an opportunity to share knowledge and experience with colleagues from Bhutan in order to facilitate the development of a framework for a National Wetland Inventory.

Opportunities for future collaboration with ILWS were also discussed, including the potential to field trial an approach to the rapid assessment of the ecological character of wetlands, understanding of wetland-dependent livelihoods and assessing the impacts of hydrological changes on aquatic ecology and wetland ecological character.

Since the Workshop, the staff from the Government of Bhutan have been conducting field studies, undertaking data collection and ground-truthing the initial outputs from the National Wetland Inventory. The work on the National Wetland Inventory is expected to be complete by the Spring of 2020.

Outputs

McInnes, R.Davidson, N. (2019) Report on Workshop for the development of a national wetland inventory for the Kingdom of Bhutan 25th February – 8th March 2019. Report prepared for Bhutan Department of Forests and Park Services – Watershed Management Division.

Outcomes

The expected outcome is a framework for the subsequent development and implementation of a National Wetland Inventory for the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Contact

Professor Max Finlayson

email

Albury-Wodonga

July 2019