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  • Bhutan is home to 96 snow leopards, nationwide survey revealed

    25 October 2016, Thimphu: There are atleast 96 snow leopards roaming within the alpine regions of our country within the altitude range from 3920m to 6930m. There are atleast 31 in Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP), 17 in Wangchuck Centennial National Park (WCNP), 9 in Jigme Khesar Strict Nature Reserve (JKSNR) and 6 in Paro Division with few more individuals in other areas, revealed a nationwide survey carried out a team of national professionals from Department of Forest and Park Services. The finding was revealed during the celebration of fourth International Snow Leopard Day on Sunday, 23rd October 2016 at Centenary Park, Thimphu.

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  • Notice Inviting Expressions of Interest

    The Watershed Management Division, Department of Forests and Park Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests would like to hire an international consultant to prepare the National REDD+ Strategy National REDD+ Strategy and/or Action Plan (NS/AP) including Benefit sharing mechanism and fund mobilization for REDD+ Program of Bhutan.

    In this regard, we would like to invite ‘Expressions of Interest’ for carrying out the above task, to commence by January-February 2016.

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  • Launch of sustainable rangeland management project to protect red pandas and herder livelihoods in Merak

    On Sunday 23 October 2016, the Regional Livestock Development Centre, Khangma and Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, Phongmey in conjunction with the Merak herder community launched a new project at Merak village. The project objective is to improve herder livelihoods, rangeland management and red panda habitat in winter grazing areas of Cheabuling and Sheytemi, Merak Geog. The chief guest was Dasho Sherab Zangpo of Sakteng Dungkhag. Other local guests included the newly elected Gup and Mangmi of Merak, and Regional heads of Trashigang Department of Livestock, and Merak school principal. Overseas guests included Dr Joanne Millar and Dr Karma Tenzing from Charles Sturt University, Australia.

    The project is funded by The Darwin Initiative Fund, UK and will run from 2016 to 2019.

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  • Bhutan is first among the Governments of Snow Leopard Range Countries to conduct the first national level camera trap survey of Snow Leopard

    23 October 2016, Thimphu: On the fourth International Snow Leopard Day, Bhutan joins other global communities to celebrate this important day and proudly declares an estimated 96 individuals to be found across the mountainous terrain of Northern Bhutan. Bhutan might be the only unique place where this species thrive in shared landscape with the nomadic herders.

    The nationwide survey was completed by a team of national staff from Department of Forest and Park Services over a period of almost two years commencing August 2015, initally, with the sign and prey base survey followed closely by the camera trap survey. About 147 forest staffs were involved in the survey, hiking for months through some of the country’s highest, steepest and remotest mountain ranges to confirm the presence of the elusive and endangered cat commonly known as the “Ghost of High Mountains”. They conducted systematic surveys of tracks as well as installing camera traps in 223 locations.

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