Her Royal Highness Princess Euphelma Choden Wangchuck encourages secondary high school children of Thimphu to use modern geospatial tools

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Her Royal Highness Princess Euphelma Choden Wangchuck inspired some secondary 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 at a special youth event organised on 16 November 2011. Her Royal Highness has shown keen interest in this topic and was present throughout the morning’s session.

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 visualisation 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.

Coinciding with the Bhutan Summit ‘Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas 2011’, the SERVIR Youth Forum was organised by ICIMOD in close collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutanese Youth for Climate Action (BYCA), under the framework of the SERVIR Himalaya Youth Initiative, and is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and NASA.