Research will make little contributions to future if the findings are not translated into policy and/or into teaching materials. BIHS is focused on using existing and future scientific findings to design and deliver educational and training programs to equip both professional in-service officials as well as students with the skills required to find better employment and address emerging issues in the natural resources and sustainable development sector.
BIHS will provide undergraduate and graduate students from in-country and ex country to study specific modules that we offer. A list of courses and details of their delivery will be posted.
Training programs will be dynamic and evolve to address training needs for Bhutan and the region. The training programs and their content will be developed to build much needed skills and knowledge that are currently lacking in the market. Training programs can also be quickly assembled based on requests from clients including governments and private sectors from both within the country as well as from outside the country. Some of the training programs identififed in the immediate future are:
- Ecotourism/Nature Guide skills: about 70 percent of Bhutan’s tourism product is nature based. Nature not only plays a critical part in tourism but the whole social and spiritual fabric of Bhutan is woven by nature. Realizing this nature conservation has been prioritized by the Government of Bhutan with 51% of the country notified as Protected Areas. However, generating educated stewards of nature and certifications have not gained grounds in Bhutan. One good seqway to do this is through nature guide training program (ambassadors of nature).This training program will be conducted at two levels.
- NTG 101: Introductory training: this training program will build basic skills to identify common mammals, plants, and birds. Trainees will also learn how to use their identification skills to tell an integrated story about nature.
- NTG 102: This level is more advanced and for those who want to become specialists in identifying Birds, Mammals, Plants. NTG 101 is a required pre-requisite.
- ECOT 101: Principles of eco-tourism: This will introduce trainees to the concept and principles of eco-tourism. Trainees will also have a change to critically analyze eco-tourism cases (1 international and 1 national). The trainees will then be trained in existing eco-tourism facilities including eco camps and trails in the country.
- Sustainable Project/program development Sustainable development is not one pillar of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Concept, but also a UN priority. Key skills are required to enhance the competency of people to achieve these goals. Under this category, several training programs will be offered including:
- SD101: Basic Project Proposal Writing Skills: The trainee will be introduced to the basic concept of project and skills of writing a successful project/grant proposal. Contents of this training wil include, basic project/grant design concepts, understanding RFPs and addressing its requirements succinctly in the proposal, concepts of budgeting and budget justification, approaches, outcomes, outputs, and indicators as well as developing project matrix. Trainees will also be required to engage in developing a real life situation project to complete the course.
- SD102: Monitoring, evaluation and reporting: The trainees will learn skills required to monitor, evaluate and report on projects and programs. They will be able to understand the basic concepts in monitoring, evaluation and reporting so that they can only engage in these exercises but also understand the literature in this field.
- SD 103: Evaluation: This training will build specific skills for evaluation of projects ad programs. Trainees will be introduced to the world of evaluation and the major evaluation frameworks that exists out there (UNDP, IFAD, JICA, WB, and RGoB, etc). The trainees will learn how to conduct evaluations (mid term and terminal) and also engage in on the hands evaluation exercise.
- Forest ManagementForests are an inevitable source of livelihood for Bhutan and the world. Both Bhutan’s economic drivers hydropower and tourism are dependent upon forests. In addition, agriculture which is the dominant livelihood activity of Bhutan depends almost entirely on forests. It is critical then that our skills to manage forests are continuously evolving based on science to reduce threats.BIHS will develop training programs in:
- Forest fire fighting: Forest fire is an emerging threat to the health of forests. Forest forest fires not only deplete carbon sinks but also releases GHGs into the atmosphere. In addition, vital ecosystem services and livelihood sources are lost to forest fire making communities and the environment vulnerable to natural disasters such as landslides, erosion, etc. However, knowledge, skills, and technology to address forest fire has not received enough attention. BIHS will develop a training program to understand fire ecology, fire fighting skills, and technology.
- ECO-GUARDs: BIHS will also train a cadre of eco-guards as opposed to the traditional forest guards. Traditional forest guards are trained in forest protection and enforcement. Our ECO-Guards will gain skills in integrated natural resources management and will be equipped with social and community extension skills. Top high school drop outs will be trained as ECO-Guards for over 12 months period. Eco-guards will also spend some time outside Bhutan exposing themselves to challenges of their job in a different country. Our ECO Guards will compete for jobs currently taken by forest guards.
In collaboration with client institutes, colleges, and universities BIHS will accept students for internship to engage in projects, research, and other activities depending on the interest of the students and that of BIHS.
Guided field trips to forests, wildlife reserve, streams, or watersheds will be available to potentials clients
we will accept proposals for volunteering at any level. We will place volunteers either within our organization or partner organizations.