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  • First High Level Steering Committee Meeting of Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program

    UntitledBhutan’s delegation led by Honorable Speaker, National Assembly, Parliament of Bhutan participated in the First High Level Steering Committee Meeting of Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program at Bishkek, Krygz Republic 19-20 March 2015. This meeting is a continued joint effort of the twelve range countries following the Bishkek Declaration which was adopted in October 2013 at the Global Forum on Snow Leopard Conservation under the leadership of the President of the Krygz Republic Almazbek Atambayev. This global program intends to ensure the long term survival of the snow leopard in its natural ecosystem. This initiative is a joint venture of the governments of the range counties, civil society, international organizations and the private sector.

    The main objectives of the meeting were to review progress of Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem and Protection Program through the progress of National Snow Leopard Ecosystem Programs in the twelve Snow Leopard range countries, status of the development of the landscape management plans, discuss the strategies and short term goals for resource mobilization, reviewing and confirming the roles and responsibilities of the then working secretariat and now ‘Global Secretariat’. For the next two years, the global secretariat will be Chaired by Pakistan and Co-Chaired by Krgyz Reepublic. The meeting also endorsed the resolutions of the meeting and each range country shared their commitment towards the conservation of Snow leopard.

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  • Rare triplet snow leopards sighted for the first time at JDNP

    The snow leopards at Tongdreysheysa.
    The  snow leopards at Tongdreysheysa.

    In one of the rarest moments in wildlife front, a direct sighting of snow leopard that too, a triplet had been made in Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP), recently. The sighting was made at Tongdreyshesa in the alpine region at an elevation of 4050masl. Tongdreyshena is a remote rocky undulated alpine region in the central part of the park and is officially three days strenuous walk from the nearest roadhead. It falls under Lingzhi Drungkhag of Thimphu dzongkhag.

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  • Nature Guide Course for Tourist Guides

    The Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment, Lamai Goempa, Bumthang is pleased to announce the first ever Nature Guide Training Course. The course will be for 2 months (May and June 2015) and will comprise of both theoretical and practical learning.

    Interested participants holding a valid license to work as a trekking and cultural guide are invited to apply for the course. Preference will be given based on the number of years of having worked as a tour guide.

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  • Press Release

    The Hon’ble Prime Minister will be making a 9-day visit to the United States of America from 15th to 24th March 2015 to raise awareness for the ‘Bhutan for Life’ initiative. The members of Hon’ble Prime Minister’s delegation include senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.

    Bhutan for Life is an initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and is a Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) mechanism to provide sustained flow of funds for the conservation and sustainable management of Bhutan’s protected areas and biological corridors, including the enhancement of sustainable economic opportunities and livelihood security for communities residing in parks. It aims to mobilize, in one single agreement, all governmental, financial and other commitments required to develop and maintain Bhutan’s protected area system over the long term. Given the immense potential of the protected areas to contribute to sustainable development of Bhutan, it is an opportune moment for the Royal Government to pursue this initiative and further consolidate the conservation legacy and achievements of Bhutan globally.

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