16-18 April, Thimphu: The second regional consultation workshop on Kanchenjunga Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KLCDI) is underway at the conference hall of the Tarayana Foundation. Representatives from the member countries such as Nepal, India and Bhutan are attending it.
16 April, Thimphu: A book, titled ‘An Integrated assessment of the effects of Natural and Human disturbances on a Wetland’ was launched by the Hon’ble Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Dasho Sherub Gyaltshen at the conference hall of the Tarayana Foundation.
16 April 2014, Thimphu: The School Agriculture Programme (SAP) coordinated by the Council for RNR Research of Bhutan (CoRRB) MoAF and the Department of School Education (DSE), Ministry of Education has made an effort to provide improved and high yielding vegetable seeds to 220 SAP member schools in all 20 Dzongkhags. The vegetable seeds were reached up to the DAO’s office in all Dzongkhags, while Thimphu schools received personally from Mr. Namgay Wangchuk, Director General of CoRRB MoAF on 16 April 2014.
13 March 2014, Trongsa: Since its establishment in 1995, Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park has put tireless efforts in delivering Integrated Conservation and Development Programmes in the National Park to address both the conservation of biodiversity as well as fulfilling the aspirations of local people for socio-economic development in their communities. Besides other ICD Programmes, JSWNP in the past initiated the supply of solar lighting facilities and CGI roofing materials to the villagers through support from Biodiversity Conservation Project (BCP) Phase I & II, with funding from Sustainable Development Agreement (SDA). With the mission to conserve and manage its Natural Biodiversity in Harmony with People‘s Values and Aspiration, delivering such ICDP activities meets the conservation goals of contributing to the socio-economic development of park residents through sustainable use of park natural resources.
However, with the ending of the Biodiversity Conservation Project Phase II in mid-2007, and with no other support from any other agencies, all ICDP activities in the national park had to be halted. This left many households without availing equal opportunity in receiving the CGI supplies. Fortunately, the ongoing WWF-UK funded project helped bridge the gap, thus bringing back smiles to the destitute households.
14 April 2014, Khuruthang: The Community Animal Birth Control (CABC) program is a new concept under the existing National Dog Population Management and Rabies Control Program (NDPM & RCP) supported by Human Society International (HSI) and the Royal Government of Bhutan. The program is an add-on to the “Catch, Neuter, Vaccinate and Release” (CNVR) activities implemented by NDPM & RCP nationally. Under the CABC program, each district will be able to independently manage and monitor their pet, community and stray dog population through a multi-sectoral, coordinated approach involving all relevant stakeholders.