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  • Fodder plantation carried out at marginal lands

    Fodder plantation being carried out at Tephu village
    Fodder plantation being carried out at Tephu village

    Pemagatshel: A fodder plantation program was held on 16-18 May at the Tephu village under Nanong geog to cover most of the fallow and eroded lands with fodder slips of Napier and Guatemala. The cultivable lands were destroyed by excavation of newly constructed farm roads. The community was very happy as they planted fodder on 2 acres of land and they are hopeful that their land will not be eroded further once the fodder slips would grow.

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  • National level workshop on Land Degradation Neutrality held

    A50X8427July 26, Thimphu: To provide an overview on Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) concept , approaches and its working modalities, a national level workshop was held at Taj Tashi.

    Organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification/Land Degradation (GM/UNCCD), the workshop also shared the outcome of the LDN experience in Bhutan, discussed how to leverage LDN from climate change impacts to green growth and poverty eradication. It further explored the financing opportunities and developed a way forward for LDN in Bhutan.

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  • National Training for Wetland Managers underway

    A50X8255July 24-28, Thimphu: The Watershed Management Division, Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS) is conducting a five days National Training for Wetland Managers in collaboration with the Ramsar Regional Center- East Asia (RRC-EA) based in Republic of Korea. The participants include officials from all the Forest Territorial Divisions and Protected Areas.

    Wetlands constitute of water ecosystems that include lakes, marshes, vernal pools, peat bogs, fens, rivers & streams. Wetlands provide fundamental ecosystem services, such as water regulation, filtering and purification, as well as numerous scientific, cultural and recreational values within the watersheds. Wetlands are important for the maintenance of the broader ecosystem health.

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  • Delegation from Government of Nepal and ICIMOD visits Bhutan

    1 (1)July 24, Thimphu: A twenty-two member delegation from Government of Nepal (GoN) and ICIMOD led by Mr. Ram Prasad Lamsai, Joint Secretary from the Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE), Nepal is in the country for the exposure visit.

    The visit will enhance effective learning and sharing among the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) stakeholders of Nepal and Bhutan to mainstream climate change (CC) adaptation within national programme and plans. The team will also explore successful adaptation planning and its practices at the local level in Bhutan.

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  • Proceedings on Roadmap for Organic Agriculture Policy in Bhutan

    May 22-23, Thimphu: The National Organic Programme (NOP), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF), Bhutan, supported by ICIMOD is currently in the process of assessing the potential and challenges for Organic Agriculture in Bhutan to support the development of mountain rural livelihoods in the context of socio-economic and climate change. This activity builds on the work already conducted by NOP as well as on the pilots conducted by ICIMOD’s Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayas-Himalica, a demand-driven programme financed by the European Union and managed by ICIMOD. Himalica aims to support vulnerable mountain communities in the HKH region to adapt to climate and socio-economic change in selected sites in Bhutan.

    In line with Government of Bhutan’s endeavours to promote organic agriculture, the objective of this assignment is to assess the potential impact of Bhutan’s stated vision of going 100% organic, and its possible impacts on i) environment, ii) economy iii) social development of the country in the short, medium, and long term; and also, iv) to assess the opportunities and challenges for Organic Agriculture as a source of livelihood for local people in Bhutan (including ICIMOD’s pilot sites).

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