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  • Regional Boot Camp on Wildlife study design and data analysis completes

    cBumthang: Twenty-two participants from Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and India completed a ten-day regional boot camp on Wildlife study design and data analysis. It was organised at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE), Lamai Goempa which successfully completed on September 23.

    The camp was intended for people who are involved in wildlife research using techniques such as presence/absence surveys or mark-capture or those who need to understand the results of this research. It was jointly organised by UWICE and Biodiversity Conservation Society of Sarawak (BCSS), Malaysia.

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  • Bilateral meeting held between Thailand-Bhutan Agriculture Ministries

    two-minister-exchange-the-docSeptember 22, Thimphu: A Thai delegation team of 12 members led by His Excellency General Chatchai Sarikulya, Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives (MoAC) of Royal Thai Government met with the Hon’ble Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF), Bhutan. Other attendee included Dasho Secretary and heads from the Departments and Agencies.

    The meeting highlighted some of the Thailand-Bhutan joint Agriculture Cooperation’s achievements and future areas for collaborations.

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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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