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  • Meeting on Risk-based Inspection and Sampling Procedure Manuals

    27 March 2019, Thimphu: One day consultative meeting on Risk-based Inspection and Sampling Procedure Manuals was held at Chuniding Resort. Twenty officials from BAFRA Head Office, BAFRA entry points offices, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Regional Revenue and Customs Office, Phuntsholing and Department of Revenue and Customs attended the meeting.

    The objective of the meeting was to receive feedback and inputs on the draft documents to ensure that they were practical and implementable in Bhutan. The meeting discussed draft documents on policy framework for imported food, risk-based inspection approach, inspection procedure and sampling techniques.

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  • Sharing of benefits to the local community under the access and benefit-sharing framework

    31st March 2019: The benefit-sharing ceremony between the Menjong Sorig Pharmaceuticals Corporation Limited (MSPCL), a State Owned Enterprise and the Namther Menrig Tshogpa, a community-based group in Langthel Gewog under Trongsa Dzongkhag was held on 31st March 2019 at Langthel Gewog in presence of the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), MoAF, a national focal agency for the implementation of the access and benefit-sharing (ABS) regime in Bhutan.

    The MSPCL and NBC with the support from the UNDP-GEF Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund (NPIF) project called “Promoting the Application of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing in Bhutan” has been implementing the ABS scheme with the Namther Menrig Tshogpa. The MSPCL has been granted access to Emblica officinalis (Himalayan gooseberry) and Sapindus rarak (soapnut tree) for the production of anti-ageing cream and a natural handmade soap on mutually agreed terms and conditions through negotiations and execution of an ABS agreement with the Namther Menrig Tshogpa with NBC maintaining oversight. This ABS scheme was a tripartite ABS agreement between two government entities and the local community.

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  • Training Workshop on Vegetation Data Analysis

    25-29 March, Phuntsholing: The Nature Conservation Division (NCD) of the Department of Forests & Park Services conducted a weeklong Training workshop on Vegetation Data Analysis. The main objective of the workshop was to give hands on training to analyze the data to the participants of the Paphiopedilum species range Parks and Divisions, who were actually engaged in nationwide field survey on the species popularly known as the Himalayan Lady Slipper Orchid.

    The Training workshop was mainly focused on Data analysis on Paphiopedilum habitat using the PCORD software and further the participants were introduced to the Survey Methodology, Plot layout, Data collection and Species Identification.

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  • Consultative Workshop Biodiversity Statistics of Bhutan held

    29 March 2019: One-day consultative workshop on Biodiversity Statistics of Bhutan was held in Thimphu. The workshop aimed at validating the species checklists and the number of species found in Bhutan till 2017 and 2018, and finalizing the information to be presented in the publication. The primary focus of the Biodiversity Statistics of Bhutan is to collate and create an accurate and reliable baseline of biodiversity statistics for the country. This publication is the first of its kind, to be developed through collaborative efforts from various institutions. By creating a platform for the collection and discussion of biodiversity data from stakeholders with wide-ranging expertise, this publication will bring together knowledge from various sources and aims to present a thorough introduction to the biodiversity in Bhutan.

    This report will present the number of species according to taxonomic groups, trends of new records and discoveries, as well as other information related to the biodiversity of Bhutan. It will also provide checklists according to taxonomic classifications. The checklists will be made available through an online consortium-based platform, the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal (www.biodiversity.bt).

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