Children Of Thimpu To Be Encouraged For Geospatial Tools
Her Royal Highness Princess Euphelma Choden Wangchuckinspired some secondary high school children from in and around Thimphu
to learn about and understand climate change issues through interactiveand fun-filled exercises using space technologies for practical day-to-day uses at a special youth event organized recently.
The event was part of the SERVIR-Himalaya Youth Forum ‘Earth Observation: Empowering Youth for Climate Action in the Himalayas’ which is being held from 14 to 19 November. SERVIR Himalaya is a joint initiative of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) for regional monitoring and visualization of key environmental and natural resources in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region. The event also marked the celebration of geography awareness week and GIS Day, promoted by National Geographic.
The Honourable Lyonpo Dr Pema Gyamtsho, Minister of Agriculture and Forest, Royal Government of Bhutan, in his opening remarks 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”.
“In areas where the topography is extremely inaccessible, GIS and remote sensing technology are undoubtedly very useful for the study of climate change issues. Young people, as an important segment of our society, need to be empowered with right kind of information and tools to help them understand climate change and broader environmental issues in the Himalayas’, emphasised Dr Andreas Schild, Director General of ICIMOD.