This year, Merak and Sakteng geogs are experiencing unprecedented rainfall all these days. Almost every day it is raining cats and dog’s here. Every streams, rivers and gullies are over flown with rain water and debris. Villages look like a floating town, with water oozing out from every small openings and faults.
31 July Bumthang: The seventh batch trainees will be starting their one year certificate course in Conservation, Environment and Forestry Studies from 1 August 2014 at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment. The new batch consists of fifteen trainees including ten in-service from Natural Resources Development Corporation Limited (NRDCL) and five pre-service trainees. The 7th batch trainees attended the day-long orientation program at the Institute today.
The Officiating Director and the faculty members of the Institute joined the orientation program to welcome them to the Institute. “The orientation program is conducted to ensure that trainees feel at home, become part of the Institute and most importantly, feel comfortable here” said the Dean of Training and Academic Affairs of the Institute.
In the last 100 years, we have lost over 97% of all wild tigers to indiscriminate poaching, habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict. The tiger population in 1913 was estimated to be about 100,000, which is now drastically reduced to only about 3,200 tigers in only 13 countries*. Bhutan is one of these fortunate countries where this magnificent animal can still be found roaming the forests all the way from the warm southern regions to the cold alpine forests. This great fortune of our nation was bestowed upon the present and future generations by our visionary Monarchs, who continue to symbolize the epitome of Conservation leadership for Bhutan and the Global community.
Upon request from the field offices during SFED Officials’ field visits in various Dzongkhags, National Strategy for Community Forestry and Interim Timber Marketing Guidelines for Community Forestry are now available to be downloaded from our Ministry’s website.