Bumthang: Bumthang District Court sentenced a 50-year old man from Khoma, Lhuentse to 3 years imprisonment for attempting to kill musk deers (Moschus leucogaster) in Wangchuck Centennial National Park (WCNP).
The man was also charged for ‘escape from lawful custody’ after he eluded from the Park’s custody. He was also convicted in 2014 for killing and trading 7 musk deers and a bear. His second forest offence grades his crime as felony of fourth degree as per the Penal Code of Bhutan 2004.
August 17-19: Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER) conducted three days training workshop on Protected Area (PA) management planning at Phrumsengla National Park (PNP). Twelve park officials from Ura Park Head Office, Western Park Range (Ura, Bumthang), Central Park Range (Lingmethang, Mongar) and Eastern Park Range (Phawan, Lhuntse) attended it.
The training introduced the park officials to the international standards of good management planning cycle, steps of sound management planning and requirements for successful preparation and implementation of management plans. It is the first of its kind to be conducted for PNP park officials by UWICER. The officials expressed this training workshop as one of its first kind that they are attending in their service tenure under PAs.
The Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary, Shariphu, Singye Geog under Sarpang is pleased to announce the following vacancies for the post of ESP under Department of Forest and Park Services for immediate recruitment:
Submit your complete set of documents to Administration Section under Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary on 5th September 2017 before 5pm. Incomplete documents shall not entertained for shortlisting.
August 14-17, Thimphu: A four day training workshop on Activity Data Generation for Forest Reference Level/Forest Reference Emission Level (FRL/FREL) reporting is underway at Hotel Ariya. Training participants are from the Forest Resources Management Division (FRMD), Watershed Management Division (WMD) and UWICER who are part of the team involved in developing the FREL/FRL for Bhutan. It is facilitated by a resource person Dr. RemiD’annunzio of FAO HQ, Rome.
The objectives of the workshop are to discuss the tools developed by FAO Forestry Department under the Open Foris initiative (www.openforis.org) to generate activity data suitable for FREL/FRL. It will also present recent developments of the SEPAL platform and train project staff to use of tools designed by FAO to facilitate the production of robust, transparent and accurate activity data for FREL/FRL. It will further build technical capacity in the SEPAL cloud based processing platform (https://sepal.io) that will enable to access different tools such as R, the Open Foris Geospatial Toolkit and built in applications for stratified area estimation or implementation of BFAST algorithm. It will also discuss to combine three land cover maps for 1995, 2010 and 2016 produced by FRMD, to assess forest cover change over the reference period that will be chosen for the FREL. Identified hotspots of change will be also used to carry out dense time series analysis of change through automatic methods.
15-16 August, Thimphu: The third annual mushroom festival was held in Geney geog. The opening of the event was graced by Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji along with senior officials. It was organised by community of Geney geog in collaboration with the National Mushroom Centre (NMC) and the Tourism Council of Bhutan. Currently Geney geog has some eighty members from five chiwogs.
The festival showcased the different mushrooms for sale, traditional food stalls, local handicrafts, high altitude livestock products, farm tools and cultural programs by community and schools. The event was aimed to help preserve and promote the culture and tradition as well as to improve the livelihood of the community.