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  • New species of snails and plants described from Bhutan

    Snails

    Fig. 1. Rahula kleini
    Fig. 1. Rahula kleini

    Three species of snails, new to science were discovered and described from Bhutan by the researchers from the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), Serbithang, Naturalis Biodiversity Center (Naturalis), Netherlands and Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER), Bumthang. The three newly described species are: Rahula kleini Gittenberger, Leda &Sherub, Rahula trongsaensis Gittenberger, Leda &Sherub, and Erhaia wangchuki Gittenberger, Sherub &Stelbrink. The type materials of these newly described species are deposited at the National Biodiversity Centre’s invertebrate repository. With these discoveries, as of July 2017, the total snails and slugs (Molluscs) of Bhutan stands at 120 species. However, the researchers expect that the number could be close to 200, because nearly every new locality brings in one or more species, either new to science or new record for Bhutan.

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  • Kyrgyz Republic Delegation on 3-Day Visit to Bhutan meets with MoAF Officials

    14 July 2017, Thimphu: The Krgyz Delegation Members led by Her Excellency Ms. Samargul Adamkulova, Ambassador of Kyrgyz to the Republic of India; Mr. Keshav Verma, Senior Advisor to the Global Snow Leopard Ecosystem Protection program (GSLEP); and Dr. Koustubh Sharma, International Coordinator, (GSLEP) Program are on an official three day visit to Bhutan.

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  • Notification

    As per the decision of the 133rd Lhengye Zhungtshog held on 20th June, 2017, The Interim Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Policy of Bhutan 2015 has been adopted as the Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) Policy of Bhutan, 2015. The ABS Policy shall be in use until the revision of Biodiversity Act of Bhutan 2003.

    Further, the ABS Policy shall serve as a basis for making decisions on any proposal for Access to Genetic Resources and associated Traditional Knowledge and Benefit-Sharing arising from its Research and Commercial Utilization.

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