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  • New Bird and Otter species Sighted at Thrumshingla National Park

    Asian Small-Clawed Otter Aonyx cinerea- (1)
    Asian Small-Clawed Otter Aonyx cinerea- (1)

    Recently, the Central Park Range office located in Lingmethang sighted an Asian Small-clawed Otter or Oriental Small-clawed Otter (Aonyx cinerea) and Barred Buttonquail (Turnix suscitator) in the south-east of the park area. The smallest otter in the world Asian Small-clawed Otter under Mustelidae family is a new record thus making two Otter species for the park including Common Otter (Lutra lutra ). It is evaluated as “Vulnerable” under the Red List of Threatened species (IUCN, 2014) and Appendix II (CITES) due to habitat destruction and reduction in its prey-biomass owing to over exploitation and pollution (http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/44166/0) as reported from India.

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  • Institutionalisation of Human-Wildlife Conflict Management Endowment Fund

    Finance Minster awarding the Seed money and Bylaws of the HWC endowment Fund
    Finance Minster awarding the Seed money and Bylaws of the HWC endowment Fund

    2 July 2014, Ura, Bumthang: In the past, compensation schemes adopted by DoFPS was targeted towards compensating the livestock loss to Tiger, Snow leopard, Asiatic Black Bear and Common Leopard which was downsized to two key predators (Tiger and Snow Leopard only) due to dearth of fund which had been donated earlier by some foreign philanthropists. It was primarily initiated to prevent retaliatory actions against the endangered wild animals.

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  • Sixth Batch of Foresters graduate from UWICE

    uwice230 June 2014, Bumthang: 30 Foresters and 5 Natural Resources Development Corporation Limited (NRDCL) Field Assistants celebrated their graduation day on 30 June 2014, at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE), Lamai Goempa, Bumthang. The Chief Guest of the ceremony was the Lam Neten of Jakar Rabdhey. Other sector heads of the Dzongkhag also attended the celebration.

    All the students successfully completed a one-year certificate course in Conservation, Environment and Forestry Studies.

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  • Basic GPS Training ongoing at UWICE

    The trainees are from Lunana, Lingzhi, Soe, Sephu, Bumdeling and Khoma Geogs
    The trainees are from Lunana, Lingzhi, Soe, Sephu, Bumdeling and Khoma Geogs

    9-12 June 2014, Lamaigonpa, Bumthang: The National Centre of Animal Nutrition, Department of Livestock, Bumthang in collaboration with the Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation and Environment is the organiser of the 4 days training from 9/6/2014 to 12/6/2014 on “Basic Global Positioning System (GPS)”at Lamaigonpa, Bumthang. The training is being attended by 15 Livestock Extension Officers from Lunana, Lingzhi, Soe, Sephu, Bumdeling and Khoma Geogs.The training is funded by the Bhutan Trust Fund for Environment Conservation under the HANAs Project.

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