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  • Media Release – World Water Day celebrated with announcement of Wild River BioBlitz

    Thursday 22 March 2018 is World Water Day with the theme “Nature for Water” and to celebrate, the National Biodiversity Centre is pleased to announce the Wild River BioBlitz.

    “We are encouraging everybody to take photographs of wildlife they see in and around our rivers and to upload these images to the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal. You might be surprised at what you find if you look – fish, birds, dragonflies, many species of plants and more,“ said Ms. Sangay Dema, Principal Biodiversity Officer at NBC.

    “We have a network of experts on hand to help identify observations made as part of the Wild River BioBlitz. A new spider was discovered by citizen science as part of a recent BioBlitz in Australia. We are excited by what members of the public might find.”

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  • Launch of Improved Bhutan Biodiversity Portal

    A50X9252An improved version of the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal (www.biodiversity.bt) integrated with aquatic biodiversity was launched on 15th March 2018. The improved new features were developed by Strand Life Sciences, India and National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) with funding support from the World Bank and WWF-Bhutan program. The new features of the portal were demonstrated to the participants, where portal now has capacity to accommodate huge datasets online. Data on the aquatic biodiversity of Bhutan is made available through the Portal targeting to benefit especially the Hydro-power sectors in the country while conducting environmental assessments. However, there is need to conduct more surveys and researches on the aquatic biodiversity in the river systems, since most of the aquatic biodiversity groups are understudied. Thus, the online repository on the portal is expected to strengthen the knowledge-base on the aquatic biodiversity of Bhutan.

    The main aim of improving portal is to create and maintain a common online data repository (database) for aquatic biodiversity data to ensure the long-term integrity of the Bhutan’s river ecosystems and the sustainability of their services in the context of the country’s economic development. Aquatic biodiversity data has been audited last year among various stakeholders such as National Environment Commission, DGPC, Hydro-power department, WWF-Bhutan, Department of Forests and Park Services, National Research Centre for Riverine and Lake Fisheries (Haa), Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research, College of Natural Resources, and Tourism Council of Bhutan.

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