The 14th ISE Congress Comes to a Close

News | Posted on 2014-06-08

On 7th June 2014, the week-long 14th International Society for Ethnobiology (ISE) Congress successfully ended with a remarkable closing ceremony at Ugyen Wangchuck Stadium, Bumthang. Dasho Drangpon (Chief of Justice) of Bumthang Dzongkhag was the guest of honour.

Dasho Paljor J. Dorji (special advisor to the NEC), Dasho Dzongrab, other sector heads of the Bumthang Dzongkhag, and more than 500 participants from 57 countries attended the ceremony, which included a line-up of international musical and dance performances.

The Chief Guest in his keynote address stated that the great diversity of indigenous knowledge, ideas and experiences shared among the participants through such a platform will help in preserving and promoting cultures and traditions. It also builds understanding of human relations with the biological environment.

 Earlier in the week Dasho Paljor J. Dorji had passed the Toka Toka (walking stick) of Darrell Posey to the Deputy Minister of Uganda, the next host of the Congress. Darrell Posey had founded the International Society of Ethnobiology in Brazil in 1988. As a remembrance for his efforts the Toka Toka is passed from one organizer to another towards the end of each Congress.

During the Congress, participants were actively involved in sharing their knowledge, ideas and experiences through film viewings and discussions, poster presentations, cultural performances, and oral presentations. Most left this morning on multiple-day field trips (bird watching, botanical, and cultural treks) organized by the Congress.

The Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE) under the Department of Forest and Park Services, in partnership with the International Society of Ethnobiology, organized the program.