Neomicrocalamas andropogonifolia is a new bamboo species recorded for Sarpang. It was believed to be found only in Dewathang in Samdrujongkhar and Manus in Zhemgang (Flora of Bhutan 2000) until it was discovered in Chudzom, Jigmecholing and Dekiling geogs.
18-20 April, Lampelri: The opening of the third annual Rhododendron festival also marked to commemorate the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck was graced by the Hon’ble Agriculture Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji. The event was marked by an inauguration of the Environmental Education Centre. Lyonpo accompanied by senior officials from the Ministry also paid a visit to the Rhodo trial enjoying the bliss of beautiful blossoms of the Rhododendrons.
16-18 April, Bumthang: Around 45 participants including the world class leading glacier experts together with the national experts attended the International Glacier Symposium at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE).
April 16, Bumthang: Coinciding with the inauguration of the centre for South Asia Forestry Studies, Her Royal Highness Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck inaugurated the Daphne conference hall and the Ugyen Wangchuck Museum for Ethnobiology located at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE).
16 April, Bumthang: 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) located at Lamai Goempa. The centre was a cherished dream of late Madanjeet Singh, the UNESCO goodwill ambassador from the year 2000 who also founded the South Asia Foundation (SAF).