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  • JSWNP implements SMART Patrolling

    Patrol Route Map
    Patrol Route Map

    7 July 2016: SMART was first introduced in 2013 with an objective to curb illegal activities. SMART is a site-based approach used to monitor and improve the effectiveness of conservation management. Despite numerous trainings and advocacy, RMNP is the lone agency under the Department of Forests and Park Services who effective used SMART tool in patrolling. On the contrary, protected area systems in Bhutan are all prone to poaching of one wildlife or the other. JSWNP on the other hand forms an indispensible conservation landscape as it connects Northern Protected Area Systems with the Trans boundary Manas Conservation Area through biological corridors. Moreover, JSWNP in itself harbours a good diversity of life with 39 mammal species, 270 birds, 139 butterflies, and numerous other life forms. Perhaps with 7 cat species, JSWNP is hotspots for wild felids. The 2015 National Tiger Survey revealed the presence of 12 individual tigers with an estimate of 14-26 tigers. Results also indicated that a viable breeding population of tigers are thriving in JSWNP, which calls for regular monitoring through patrolling.

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  • Samdrup Jongkhar saves an Indian Rock Python

    July 4, Samdrup Jongkhar: The Divisional Forest Office in Samdrup Jongkhar rescued an Indian Rock Python from Dzong Colony and released at a safe site towards Dewathang on the same day. It measured 9’7” (2.92m) and weighed around 10 kilograms. The snake known by its scientific name Python molurus is classified as Near Threatened under IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

    Despite being nonvenomous, timorous and lethargic, they are often killed by human due to their fearful appearance and size. However, one needs to be sensitised on its ecological importance as it has its own role in the ecosystem and to human kind.

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  • Message from the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo: International Day of Cooperatives 2nd July, 2016

    International-Day-of-Cooperatives-2016The first Saturday of July every year is celebrated as the International Day of Co-operatives (IDC) and this year, the day falls on the 2nd of July. The theme/slogan for IDC, 2016 is “Cooperatives: The power to act for a sustainable future” emphasising on the role Co-operatives play towards achieving the Sustainable Development goals.

    “During the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, world leaders committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, outlining an ambitious vision for a better world. They agreed on seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change, all over the next fifteen years. Co-operatives have a unique role to play in realising the SDGs. The co-operative business model has sustainable development at its core, being based on ethical values and principles. Locally rooted and people driven, co-operatives contribute to sustainable economic growth, social development and environmental responsibility.” — International Cooperative Alliance

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  • Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo visits water scarce geogs in Punakha

    Hon'ble Lyonpo at Samdingkha pump site
    Hon’ble Lyonpo at Samdingkha pump site

    June 27, Punakha: The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji visited the Punakha areas where the farmers have been unable to transplant paddy due to shortage of irrigation water. This year due to scanty rainfall, four geogs viz. Guma, Chhubu, Toedwang and Barp are facing shortage of irrigation water. Farmers who would have otherwise completed transplantation of paddy  by this time of the year have still been unable to start or have just transplanted in small areas.

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  • Users’ Training on Bhutan Biosecurity System (BBSS) underway

    1. Users’ Training on Bhutan Biosecurity System (BBSS)
    Users’ Training on Bhutan Biosecurity System (BBSS) underway

    To cope with the amendments made in the rules/procedures to implement bio-security measures in the country, the Bhutan Biosecurity System (BBSS) has been upgraded to meet the additional requirements which would be deployed for use by BAFRA officials. In order to familiarised BAFRA officials on the use and functionalities of the upgraded system, two days training each for Livestock Regulatory and Quarantine officials and Plant Regulatory and Quarantine officials are being organised on 29-30 June 2016 and 11-12 July 2016 respectively in two batches at the Faculty of Nursing and Public Health.

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