14-19 November 2011: Youth Forum – Earth Observation: Empowering Youth for Climate Actions in the Himalayas

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Within the framework of the Bhutan Climate Summit, entitled ‘Climate Summit for the Living Himalayas (14-19 November 2011) the Ministry of Agriculture and Forest (MoAF), Bhutan, and ICIMOD jointly organised a series of events including a five-day training workshop, ‘Youth Forum – Earth Observation: Empowering Youth for Climate Actions in the Himalayas’. The programme brought together 40 youths from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal and aimed to raise awareness among the young people, and help them understand climate change and take appropriate actions in their local communities. In an addition to the youth event, a special interactive event also took place for Thimphu school children on 16 November to mark Geographical Information System (GIS) day.

Her Royal Highness, Princess Euphelma Choden Wangchuck, inaugurated the youth events. She urged the high school children from in and around Thimphu to learn about and understand climate change issues through interactive and fun-filled exercises using space technologies for practical day-to-day uses. 

In his opening remarks, the Honourable Lyonpo Dr Pema Gyamtsho, Minister of Agriculture and Forest, Royal Government of Bhutan said, “I hope that our youth, in whose hands lies the future of our planet, will get a clear appreciation of the technology and its applications. As the leaders, parents, and scientists of tomorrow, youth will have a leading role in determining the fate of future generations, and in fact, the future of our planet.”