Her Royal Highness Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck inaugurated the UNESCO–Madanjeet Centre for South Asia Forestry Studies at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE), Lamai Goempa, Bumthang on the 16th of April 2015. Minister for Agriculture and Forests, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji accompanied by the Honorable chairperson of the South Asia Foundation of Bhutan Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup and delegates from South Asia Foundation (SAF) led by Madam France Jacqueline and UNESCO Director Shigeru Aoyagi also attended the inauguration.
The South Asia Foundation (SAF) was established with the objective to uphold its core values of regional co-operation and peace through education and cultural interaction between the eight SAARC countries.
UNESCO-Madanjeet Centre for South Asia Forestry Studies (MCSAFS) at the UWICE was constructed with a financial support of half a million US dollar by late Ambassador Mandanjeet. Programs at the center are also supported by the SAF with an annual contribution of USD 100,000 per annum which includes the provision of 8 fully paid scholarships for students from SAARC countries.
Her Royal Highness also launched the website of UNESCO-MCSAFS and the first in a series of policy briefs. The first policy brief focused on recommendations for tiger conservation in Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park.
MSF, SAF BhutanFamily with Her Royal Hignes Ashi Chimi Yagzom Wangchuk and with Ministers at the event of Inauguration
UNESCO–Madanjeet Centre for South Asia Forestry Studies at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute