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  • Three bears rescued in three weeks

    rescue-official-checking-the-bearSeptember 21, 2016, Thimphu: Including the two Himalayan Black bears rescued on September 5 and another one three days later on 8, the wildlife rescue centre in Taba has rescued the third bear in the month on September 18. This one, a male weighing 51 kgs was rescued from right in the periphery of the capital city, behind the pension housing colony.

    Rescue officials expressed their surprise with the boldness of the bear to venture right in the periphery of the town with lots of hustle and bustle. “It was indeed a big surprise to sight a Himalayan Black bear just next to the town,” said a rescue team member, Tsencho Tshering. He said it is unusual for a bear to prowl into an area heavily dominated with human. The heavy vehicular movements should have been too noisy for the bear to bear the nuisance.

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  • Gangtey-Phobji declared as the third Ramsar Site of Bhutan

    ramjarGangtey-Phobji wetlands area in Wangduephodrang, has been included in the List of Wetlands of International Importance (the Ramsar List). This brings the total Ramsar site in the country to three. The other two sites are Bumdeling in Tashiyangtse and Khotakha in Wangduephodrang.

    Wetlands in Bhutan constitute an extensive array of ecosystems, such as lakes, rivers, streams, glaciers, marshes, peat bogs and fens. Functional wetlands are critical segments of the watershed, as they support a high level of biological productivity and diversity, provide habitat for flora and fauna, including rare and threatened communities and species, maintain local and regional hydrological regimes, remove nutrient and pollutants, act as stores for rain/flood water and support human activities and values. Wetlands are recognised to provide fundamental ecosystem services, such as water regulation, filtering and purification, as well as numerous scientific, cultural and recreational values. Wetlands are also important for the maintenance of the broader ecosystem health.

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  • High Level Advocacy Meeting on Codex & INFOSAN Networking

    The Inaugural Remarks were given by the Hon'ble Secretary of Agriculture and Forests
    The Inaugural Remarks were given by the Hon’ble Secretary of Agriculture and Forests

    20 September 2016, Thimphu: The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), MoAF, is hosting a high level advocacy meeting on Codex & INFOSAN (International Network of Food Safety Authorities) Networking at Tashi Namgay Resort, Paro from 19-20 September 2016, with technical & financial support from the World Health Organization (WHO).

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  • Seminar on National Biodiversity Conservation

    dsc03435September 15, Punakha: A seminar on the National biodiversity conservation and sustainable program with special focus on access and benefit sharing” was held at the College of Natural Resources (CNR), Lobeysa. This is the third seminar that the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) has held at CNR and is part of the initiative to educate and broaden the knowledge of the academic institutions on the national as well as international developments in the field of conservation and sustainable utilization of biological diversity with special focus on Access and Benefit Sharing mechanism.

    It is hoped that the insight gained from such seminars will improve their interest and enthusiasm in the field of biodiversity conservation which in turn enable them to work more effectively in the implementation of biodiversity conservation and sustainable programs in the country.

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