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  • Press release on Bhutan’s participation at the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016

    screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-10-40-39-amA seven member Bhutanese officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation and Royal Society for Protection of Nature participated in the IUCN’s 6th World Conservation Congress held in Honolulu from 1-10 September 2016. The congress is organized every four years with the last one held in October 2012 at Jeju. The 10 days congress with the central theme “Planet at the Crossroads” brought together world’s greatest minds and environmental leaders from the government, civil society, indigenous communities, private sectors, and academia.

    The congress outlined opportunities to address some of the greatest challenges facing nature conservation and the urgent action needed to ensure long term survival of life on Earth and the planet’s ability to sustain them. Key decisions included closure of domestic markets for elephant ivory, the urgency of protecting the high seas, the need to protect primary forests, no-go areas for industrial activities within protected areas and an official IUCN policy on biodiversity offsets.

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  • Himalayan Black Bear rescued in Wang Semu this morning

    untitledSeptember 8, 2016, Thimphu: A 110 kg male Himalayan Black bear entangled in its right forelimb and waist was rescued this morning from an apple orchard in Wang Simu, Thimphu.  The bear was reported to have been entangled in a snare set on the barbed wire fence that circumambulates an apple orchard.

    Rescue officials found the bear caught in the snare made out of electric high tension wire. “We had to cut the locally made snare into several pieces, to set free the bear,” said Tsencho tshering, one of the team members who rescued the ensnared bear.

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  • Another Himalayan Black Bear rescued

    September 8, Thimphu: Wildlife Rescue officials, upon receiving information from Paro Forest Division has rescued and released a full grown Himalayan Black bear, on September 5, 2016, from Dawakha, above Dobji Dzong in Paro.

    Paro forest division was reported by one Ap Phuntsho about the bear trapped in a snare by the edge of the field. The division officials relayed the information to the wildlife rescue officials at Taba. According, they rushed to the site with the tranquilizers and paraphernalia.

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  • Netherlands Ambassador calls on Offtg. Minister

    Neth1September 6, 2016, Thimphu: His Excellency Mr. Alphonsus H.M. Stoelinga, Ambassador of the Netherlands called on Mr. Rinzin Dorji, Offtg. Minister of Agriculture and Forests.

    During the meeting, they discussed how the Netherlands can support Bhutan in maintenance of farm roads, which they agreed will help in strengthening and empowering local government through capacity building in farm road maintenance of the people at the grassroots level.

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