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  • Training of Trainers Workshop on Community Self Assessment for Conservation Project

    Participants (1)24-26th July 2014: A three-day Training of Trainers Workshop on Community Self Assessment for on-farm conservation project on Biodiversity Use and Conservation in Asia Program (BUCAP) Project is underway at Gelephu. The Project is supported through South East Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment (SEARICE), based in the Philippines. It focuses on the conservation, development and sustainable use of cereal diversity in the country.

    The workshop is attended by 15 project stakeholders from regional Renewable Natural Resources Research and Development Centres of Wengkhar, Bhur and Bajo, and Agriculture Extension Officials from the respective project sites of Drujeygang, Tarraythang, Samtse, Wangphu and Kengkhar. The workshop focuses on the use of Community Self Assessment (CSA) Tools to assess the impacts the project beneficiary/communities themselves.

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  • Message from H.E LyonpoYeshey Dorji, Minister for Agriculture and Forests on International Tiger Day

    Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji
    Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji

    In the last 100 years, we have lost over 97% of all wild tigers to indiscriminate poaching, habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict. The tiger population in 1913 was estimated to be about 100,000, which is now drastically reduced to only about 3,200 tigers in only 13 countries*. Bhutan is one of these fortunate countries where this magnificent animal can still be found roaming the forests all the way from the warm southern regions to the cold alpine forests. This great fortune of our nation was bestowed upon the present and future generations by our visionary Monarchs, who continue to symbolize the epitome of Conservation leadership for Bhutan and the Global community.

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  • Gearing towards reviving aged old tradition – Yak Farming in Tang

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    Narut community members engaged in rangeland fencing

    Yak farming is one of the main farming activities of the highland communities in northern Dzongkhags for decades. In the similar way, the community of Narut under Tang Geog in Bumthang Dzongkhag had been rearing the yaks in the past. The yak herders in those days used the natural pasture (Tsamdro) at Namgong and Phokpai for grazing their yaks.

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  • ToT on Farmers Group/Cooperatives Formation for Agriculture EAs of Samtse and S/Jongkhar

    The participants with the resource persons
    The participants with the resource persons

    16-20 July, Samtse: RDC Bajo, in partnership with the Department of Agricultural and Marketing Cooperatives (DAMC) conducted a five days Training of Trainers (ToT) on farmers group/cooperative formation for the extension agents of Samtse and Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhags from 16 to 20 July 2014 at the Samtse Geog Extension Centre. The training was designed so as to help the field colleagues in the dzongkhags to gain an in-depth understanding regarding groups and cooperatives formations. The resource persons for the training were from DAMC and RDC Bajo. With the launch of the rice commercialisation program, the Department of Agriculture (DoA) has initiated formation of many farmers groups in the potential rice growing areas. Twenty two extension personnel have attended the training which had the following broad objectives of Agricultural Cooperatives/groups:

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  • National Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plan (NBSAP)

    Participants at the workshop
    Participants at the workshop

    21st – 22nd July: A two-day National Stakeholder Consultation Workshop was held  from 21st to 22nd July 2014 at the National Institute of Traditional Medicine (NITM) hall, Thimphu, to discuss the draft National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plan (NBSAP). The workshop was organized by the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), Serbithang with technical support from the National Task Force for the revision of NBSAP.

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