Asia's biggest Environmental Film Festival and Forum CMS VATAVARAN in collaboration with the Canadian High Commission of India and Bhutan, IUCN CEC, Royal Thimphu College (RTC), Thimphu and Norbuling Rigter College (NRC), Paro organised Bhutan’s first-ever film festival and forum on Climate Action and Biodiversity conservation at Royal Thimphu College (RTC) Thimphu from 2nd to 4th November and at the Norbuling Rigter College (NRC) Paro on 7th November.
The festival and forum aimed to facilitate youth participation in planning, policy and action in conserving the rich natural resources and environmental heritage of this nation. It had series of several interesting programs that covered film screenings, seminars, workshops, panel discussions, etc. focusing on the environmental, social and economic aspects of Climate-Change and Biodiversity Conservation in the Greater Himalayan Region.
On this occasion, two prominent Bhutanese environmentalists Dr Nawang Norbu, Executive Director (Vice-President) of Bhutan Ecological Society and Dr. Rebecca Pradhan, senior ecologist and botanist at the Royal Society for Protection of Nature Bhutan were conferred upon the “Green Ambassador Awards” for their contribution in the field of Biodiversity Conservation in Bhutan.
The festival had a series of programs i.e. panel discussions, seminars, green filmmaking workshops and master classes and short film competitions.
The film festival screened a total of 25 international award winning films from different parts of the world on various relevant environmental issues like climate change & adoption and mitigation, wildlife conservation, water conservation, forest conservation and sustainable livelihood.