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  • Workshop on Climate Smart Village

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    The Council for RNR research of Bhutan Secretariat (CoRRB-S), MoAF, Thimphu conducted a five days’ [16th to 20th June 2015] workshop on “Identification and work-plan development for Climate Smart Village interventions” including field visits to climate smart initiatives in adjoining geogs of Phuentsholing. The workshop was meat to orient the RNR officials of Chukha Dzongkhag and extension officials of Lokchina and Darla Geogs on Climate Smart Agriculture.

    The CoRRB-S, over the next three years, will be initiating the concept of Climate Smart Agriculture, and establishing five Climate Smart Villages [CSV], in the East, East-Central and Southern Dzongkhags.  Following the international conventions and practices, the CSVs will test and validate agricultural Climate Change [CC] adaptation methodologies and interventions in an integrated manner with the aim to boost farmers ability to adapt to CC, manage risks and build resilience, and by this improve livelihoods and incomes and, where possible, reduce green house gas emissions to ensure solutions are sustainable. Focus will be on integrated actions – Weather -Smart, Carbon- Smart, Nitrogen -Smart, Energy -Smart, Knowledge-Smart (CGIAR -CCAFS approach).

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  • Completion of Nature Guiding & Ecotourism Course at UWICE

    IMG_18421 May – 30 June, Bumthang. The first batch of two months course on “Nature Guiding & Ecotourism Course” which began from 1st May 2015 concluded today with certificate awarding ceremony. During the two-months course, trainees were taught basics in identification of plants, mammals, butterflies, and birds. They were also introduced to mist netting and banding of birds, besides the field excursion they undertook to gain hands-on experience in taxonomic skills.

    The certificate awarding ceremony was awarded by Mr. Tshering Tempa, Officiating Director, and was attended by faculties and staff of the institute. The officiating Director, on his keynote address, advised to the trainees to make the best use of knowledge and skills they had gained through this course in conserving the natural resources and also to make use in nature guiding & ecotourism.

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  • Roasted Maize along Sarpang -Gelephu highway

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    Roasted maize sellers

    In collaboration with Maize Commodity Programme led by RNR RDC, Wengkhar and Agriculture sector, Sarpang with the financial support from the Department of Agriculture had implemented large scale hybrid maize production. The farmers of 11 geogs were supplied with 14metric tones of seeds to 1356 households focused on the wetland based spring maize production except Jigmecholing geog due to no demand from the farmers.

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  • Awareness and Consultation workshop on REDD+ Programme

    Workshop participants, Trashigang
    Workshop participants, Trashigang

    29 June Trongsa. Regional Awareness and Consultation workshop on REDD+ Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, and the role of Conservation, Sustainable Management of Forest and, Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks for the eastern region and central region are being conducted at Trashigang and Trongsa respectively. The main objective of the consultation workshop is to create awareness among the stakeholders on the climate change issues and the relevance of initiating REDD+ activities in Bhutan. Some of the specific agenda include review of draft Corruption Risks Assessment document and Stakeholder Engagement Guidelines for REDD+ activities.

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  • Guinness World Record certificates awarded

    DSC_003328 June Thimphu. Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi  Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck awarded the Guinness World Record’s certificates to 100 volunteers for their achievements followed by certificate to Official stewards, event partners, media partners, PICSA staff, Forestry officials involved in the plantation project and also to the officials who had rendered support to the plantation project.

    The second June 2015 was a very special day for the Bhutanese people. The holiest day of the year celebrated the 41st Anniversary of the coronation of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo coinciding with Social Forestry Day. On this very auspicious day the 100 volunteers had set a Guinness World Record by planting 49, 672 tree saplings in one hour beneath the feet of the Buddha Dordenma statue and dedicated it to the 60th Birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

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