BHUTAN SUMMER I: FORESTS IN THE LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON
- Term: Summer
- Credits: 6 semester-hour credits
- Prerequisites: No course prerequisites: 18 years of age
- Application Deadline: Rolling admissions until April 2019
- Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans
- Location: Paro, Western Bhutan
SFS 3580 Eastern Himalayan Forests and Rural Livelihoods (6 credits)
Mountain ecology and conservation, climate change, river ecosystems, forest management, rural-urban migration, agriculture and food security
Remote sensing and mapping, species identification, camera trapping & mist netting, research design, data collection, scientific writing and presentation
High in the Himalayas sits Bhutan, a small country defined by towering mountains, lush forests, and flowing rivers, and home to endemic species such as the snow leopard, tiger, golden langur, takin, and black-necked crane. The country’s unique and well-known philosophy of Gross National Happiness integrates governance with rich cultural traditions, Buddhist principles, and environmental conservation.
As the country begins to modernize rapidly, the people of Bhutan are challenged to sustainably manage their wealth of natural resources in order to preserve biodiversity and secure their own economic futures. SFS works in partnership with the Bhutanese government to provide much-needed data for the creation of sustainable conservation and development policies.
The Center is located at one end of the stunning Paro Valley, at the base of a towering ridgeline dotted with Buddhist monasteries. Campus is a small cluster of buildings designed in the traditional Bhutanese architectural style. A pleasant 10-minute walk brings you to the markets, shops, and cultural events of Paro Town.
Explore the rich culture, biodiversity, and dramatic mountain views of the Bhutanese Himalayas. Spend six weeks surveying forests, visiting ancient shrines, and studying issues of conservation and development in one of the most fascinating countries in the world. Wrap up the summer by designing and conducting a group research project.
- Trek across forested ridges and remote villages, camping out under the stars and learning about Bhutanese culture and ecosystems firsthand.
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