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February 2, Wangdue: The first World Wetlands Day on disaster risk reduction was celebrated in Gangtey-Phobji Ramsar Site. The officials from the Department of Forest and Park Services, Watershed Management Division, Wangdue Territorial Division and the public of two geogs of Gangtey and Phobji had attended the event.
It is noted that the frequency of natural hazards worldwide has more than doubled in just 35 years. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts more extreme weather events as the effects of climate change are felt around the world, while according to UN-Water, some 90% of all natural hazards are water-related.
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On this the Fifth of February 2017, to commemorate the First Birth Anniversary of The Gyalsey, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests would like to wish The Gyalsey, HRH Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, Great Happiness and Perfect Health.
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3 February 2017, Thimphu: A two-day stakeholders’ workshop on Invertebrates of Bhutan was held in Thimphu from 1 to 2 February 2017. The participants were from the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute of Conservation and Environment (UWICE), the College of Natural Resources (CNR), Sherubtse College, the Royal Thimphu College (RTC), the National Plant Protection Centre (NPPC), and the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC). The project on Invertebrates of Bhutan is being administered and coordinated by the NBC and various stakeholders as mentioned above are involved. This project is backed up by the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre in the Netherlands and the MoU has been signed between NBC and the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre.
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The camera trapping team from Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE) has captured tiger prowling in the UWICE research preserve, near Lamai Goempa Dzong, Bumthang. This is the first time, a tiger has been captured in remote camera near Lamai Gompa. The camera trapping exercise was initiated as part of the long term wildlife monitoring in the UWICE research preserve from mid May, 2016. More than 50 remote camera traps are set in the 2000 hectares research preserve. The UWICE research preserve was established in 2014 for conducting forestry and wildlife research.
The result of the camera trapping exercise indicates that UWICE research preserve is home to many other iconic and endangered wildlife species like red panda, wild dog, musk deer, monal pheasant, common leopard, golden cat and Himalayan black bear. In addition, many prey species such as wild pigs, sambar deer, barking deer, and serow were also captured in these camera traps.
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