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  • Nation-wide survey confirms 103 Tigers in Bhutan

    11800383_1036977152981577_8153523749258528659_nJuly, 30, 2015, Thimphu: There are officially 103 tiger individuals (Panthera tigris tigris) roving freely within the wilderness of the country. The estimated range of credible tiger number in the country is within 84 to 124. From 78 tigers estimated in 1998, the tiger population has increased to 103 in 2015. This is 39 percent increase in last 17 years, which is almost more than one tiger every year.

    There is 0.46 tiger for every 100 sq. km of the overall survey area of 28,225 sq. km. However, there are 2 to 3 tigers in every 100 sq. km in areas such as Royal Manas National Park (RMNP), Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (JSWNP) and Zhemgang forest division.

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  • Global Tiger Day 2015 celebrated at Thimphu

    Global Tiger Day Celebration on 29 July 2015
    Global Tiger Day Celebration on 29 July 2015

    30 July 2015, Thimphu: Bhutan celebrated Global Tiger Day 2015, with the theme “Taking stock of Mountain Tigers in Bhutan for a Healthy Environment,”  on 29 July at Royal Convention Centre in Thimphu. Initially declared in 2010 at St. Petersburg in Russia, Global Tiger Day was the consensus of all the 13 Tiger Range Countries to lobby for the support to reverse the dwindling tiger populations and to formulate an overarching global strategy to conserve wild tigers and their natural habitats.

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  • Notice invitation for re- tender

    The Divisional Forest Office, Zhemgang is please to invite sealed bids from the eligible and qualified bidders, Bhutanese License holder for the supply of following items for the Financial Year 2015-2016.

    1. Package A-Annual Office Supplies(General Stationery and Electrical Items)
    2. Package B-Annual Office Supplies(Hardware Items)
    3. Package C-Annual Office Supplies(Cartridges & Toners)

    -Last date & Time for submission of Bids:
    a {5thAugust, 2015 on or before 12.00 Noon for Supply of Annual office Supplies General Stationerie,Cartridges &Tonner, Hardware Items,

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  • Jangbi community receives second phase of solar electric fencing

    DSC_2537July 23-25, Trongsa: Bhutan’s conservation effort towards securing the wildlife habitats is often shadowed by a rampant Human Wildlife Conflict (HWC) that is prevalent throughout the country. Of the many HWC incidences, crop depredation by wild herbivores is the most serious issue which leaves many farmers in woe. While many adaptive measures were tested to safeguard the crops from depredation, the most sought method is the use of locally fabricated solar electric fencing.

    Ap Sonam, 49 years old is a resident of Jangbi, a small Monpa community under the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (JSWNP). Having 3 acres of cultivable land where he grows wheat, buckwheat, barley, maize and paddy, he never had the privilege of harvesting full. Over 60-70% of the crops were lost to wild predators like wild boar, deer, sambar, porcupine and bear besides his sleepless nights guarding the crop in makeshift huts and installing numerous effigies around the field. ‘It is very saddening that besides regular guarding, I hardly get 30-40% of the harvest’, Ap Sonam said. ‘Looking to the fellow farmers who were beneficiary of electric fencing, I feel that it has a great advantage’, he added. He was not a beneficiary of solar electric fencing in the past and aspires to have one.

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  • Jangbi people trained on solar electric fencing

    Trainees preparing the fences
    Trainees preparing the fences

    July 23-25, Trongsa: A hands on training to install locally fabricated solar electric fencing was conducted in Jangbi village under the Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park (JSWNP) for the park staffs and ten farmers of Jangbi community. The training first of its kind in the national park familiarised the trainees on the principles of functioning, methods of installation and management for sustainability.

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