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  • Executive order on SOP for Bioprospecting Collaborations 2021

    The National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) being the National Focal Agency for the Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Regime in Bhutan has been facilitating as well as collaborating in bioprospecting collaborations with national as well as international collaborators guided by the ABS Policy of Bhutan 2015 and Biodiversity Act of Bhutan 2003.

    In this regard, to provide clear guidance for establishment and management of the bioprospecting collaborations, the Ministry hereby adopts the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Bioprospecting Collaborations 2021 after its endorsement by the 123rd RNR GNHC meeting dated 20th July 2021.

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  • Rare species of Rhododendron rediscovered in Bhutan after 84 years

    The Flora of Bhutan describes a total of 46 species out of which 45 are known to be occurring in Bhutan. The book describes Rhododendron pogonophyllum as a rare endemic plant to Bhutan. Subsequent publication of the book “Plants Endemic to Bhutan Himalaya” by the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) published in 2015 listed it as one of the endemic plant species found in the country with a herbarium specimen as an evidence. “Wild Rhododendrons of Bhutan”, a book by Rebecca Pradhan in 1999 has photos of the Rhododendrons found in Bhutan including R. pogonophyllum with descriptions of its flower, leaf, flowering time, habitat, altitude, distribution and with a remark stating as an endemic and rare plant species not seen since 1937,  but without any picture. The book reports a total of 46 Rhododendron species in Bhutan.

    Rhododendron pogonophyllum flowering in its natural habitat
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  • International Biodiversity Day celebrated

    22 May, Thimphu: International Biodiversity Day was celebrated today at the Royal Botanical Garden in Serbithang with a theme, ‘We are part of the solution.’ The day is a United Nations sanctioned international day observed annually to create awareness on the importance of biodiversity. The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo, Yeshey Penjor and UNDP Resident Representative, Azusa Kubota attended the event among other invited guests.

    When the world is suffering from climate, hunger, disaster and healthcare crisis, observing the day is a reminder that biodiversity conservation is the foundation on which we can all build back better. The theme aims to leverage knowledge and spread awareness on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. The day also celebrates the diversity provided by our natural systems for human existence and well-being on Earth while contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals including climate change mitigation and adaptation, ecosystem restoration, cleaner water and zero hunger, among others.

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  • Celebrating the International Biodiversity Day: 22nd May 2021

    International Biodiversity Day (IBD) is a United Nations sanctioned international day to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. This year we are celebrating the day on the theme “We are part of the solution”. Biological diversity is the miraculous result of life’s evolution over billions of years. Biodiversity and the ecosystem services that it provides underpin our economies and our civilizations. Healthy biodiversity is not a luxury – it is the foundation of all life on earth.

    Of late, the world has suffered enough climate, hunger, disaster and healthcare crisis, however observing the International Biodiversity Day is a reminder that biodiversity conservation is the foundation on which we can all build back better. The theme “We are part of the solution” aims to leverage knowledge and spread awareness on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. The day also celebrates the diversity provided by our natural systems for human existence and well-being on Earth, while contributing to other Sustainable Development Goals, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, ecosystems restoration, cleaner water and zero hunger, among others.

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