7 November, Thimphu: Dr. Tashi Samdup is sworn in as the new Director for the Department of Livestock from 7 November 2013. Born on September 1, 1967, Dr. Samdup who is from Thimphu has been in the civil service since August 15, 1991.
21-23 October: Government Ministers of twelve Snow Leopard Range countries and Heads of International Conservation Community gathered in Bishkek, Kyrgystan Republic, for the first ever Global Snow Leopard Forum (GSLF). The delegates discussed urgent action required for the conservation of the iconic but highly endangered species of the mountain ecosystem. The twelve range countries are: Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
Laya: Gid disease has been a major concern for the yak herders in Laya. In order to reduce the disease emergence and help the yak rearing communities to earn the most from their animals, the Regional Livestock Development Centre (RLDC), Wangdue in collaboration with Gasa Dzongkhag organised an animal health campaign in Laya from 10 till 23 October 2013.
Ms. Yumiko Asakuma, Chief Representative, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Bhutan Office and Mr. Tenzin Dhendup Officiating Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) signed a Minutes of Discussions on the Study on the Japenese Grant Assistance for the Food Security Project for Underprivileged Farmers in the Kingdom in the presence of Hon’ble Minister, MoAF today.
11 October, Thimphu: Representatives from the Wildlife Conservation Division (WCD) under the Department of Forest and Park Services met with the monks of Tango, Cheri and Taktsang monastery to resolve the human bear conflict issue to the tsamkhang (hermitage)located near Tango and Cheri monastery in Thimphu and Taktsang monastery in Paro.
The Himalayan Black Bear was identified to cause the issues. WCD states that as human settlement spread over more land, many bear populations find themselves living in close proximity to humans and human food sources.Attracted to the prospect of an easy meal, wild bears become used to feeding on food and garbage that appear nearby. When these food sources are not properly bear-proofed, encounters with humans become almost inevitable.