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  • Press release on launch of “Bhutan State of Parks Report 2016”

    2To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the glorious reign of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests launched “Bhutan State of Parks 2016” on 9 December 2016. The launching ceremony was graced by Hon’ble Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay and Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji. For the first time, the report highlights the conservation value and management performance of the protected areas of Bhutan. The Department of Forests and Park Services will now measure all protected areas every five years, to track progress of conservation management and enable adaptive management prescriptions.

    Bhutan has a rare set of attributes for conserving nature, ecosystem services, local culture, and an ecologically representative and well-connected protected areas system covering 50 per cent of the country. Such an achievement became possible only through the wisdom emanating from great leadership, in particular His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck, during whose reign the foundations were established for sound environmental governance unmatched in any other country. The report highlights that the future of Bhutan is equally secure in the reign of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, with dedication to our natural heritage and ecologicaly-benign development planning.

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  • World Soil Day Celebrated at Damphu

    untitled-1December 5, Tsirang: On 5th December, Bhutan joined the global community world-wide to celebrate the World Soil Day with the National Soil Services Centre (NSSC), DoA organising the celebration at the Moelamthang at Damphu in Tsirang. With the theme “Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life” the main objective of the celebration was to highlight the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural eco-system and as a vital contributor to the human wealth through its contribution to food, water and energy security and as a mitigator of biodiversity loss and climate change. 2016 being the year of pulses, the importance of pulses as soil fertility enhancer was also highlighted.

    Director, Department of Agriculture graced the occasion as the chief guest and opening the day’s activities strongly emphasised on the importance of soil and land management considering the limited arable land in Bhutan on which about 65% of our still population subsist. In order to help improve our food sufficiency goals, the importance of soil & land management cannot be overlooked.

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  • Four new Butterfly species recorded

    A team from UWICE had conducted a Butterfly survey in Darla, Lhamoizingkha and Phuntsholing area recently. Karma Wangdi, who led the team recorded four new additional species of Butterflies to Bhutan. The new records are:

    Scobura isota -Khasi Forest Bob,
    Niphanda cymbia- Pointed Perrot,
    Horaga viola – Brown Onyx
    Horaga Syrinx- Ambon Onyx (Female)

    Mr. Karma Wangdi, lepidopterist with UWICE has confirmed the additional species in the family of Lycaenidae (Blues) & Hesperiidae (Skipper). According to him, Bhutan now has 177 species of Lycaenidae and 145 species of Hesperiidae, adding to a total of 732 butterfly species in the country.

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  • Farm Machinery Technical Training begins at AMC

    20161206_093607AMC Paro, 7 Dec 2016: Students from Technical Training Institutes( TTI) located in Khuruthang, Chumey and Dekiling will attend the 3 months training at AMC from December as part of their on-the-job-training (OJT) programme for 3 months at the Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC).

    The first batch of students from Chumey started the training from December 1, 2016, at Paro. They will be trained in the Paro and Samtenling offices of the AMC. Other students from the other two institutes shall join by mid December.

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  • Orientation program for 3rd batch of Nature Guide and Ecotourism Course conducted

    bDecember 1, Bumthang: The Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE) conducted an orientation program for 3rd batch of Nature Guide and Ecotourism Course on 1st December, 2016. The trainees were welcomed by the Officiating Director, faculty and management of the Institute. The Dean of training and academic affairs and some faculty members briefed the trainees on various teaching and learning facilities, course curriculum, rules and regulation of the Institute.

    This batch of trainees consists of 22 tourist guides from various tour companies to under-take one and half month course. The course will include both theory and field practical basically the identification of plants, mammals, butterflies, and birds.

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