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  • Video Programmes Available on the Web

    Various audio-visual productions including documentaries and musical videos produced by Information and Communication Services (ICS) and other agencies under the Ministry had been made available on the web. Please watch it by clicking on the “Media Library” tab on the navigation menu.

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  • YouTube video on the recent 14th ISE Congress held in Bumthang

    youtubeThe 14th International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) Congress was organised by the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment, Department of Forests and Park Services in the first week of June 2014. You can view the Deputy Minister of Culture and Heritage of Uganda and the Managing Director of ISE sharing their thoughts about the Congress and Bhutan in this documentary on YouTube:

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  • Technical Visit to MoAF by Malaysian Delegation

    The Delegation with Hon'ble MoAF Secretary
    The Delegation with Hon’ble MoAF Secretary

    July1-2, 2014, Thimphu: Seven member delegates from Malaysia representing the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Centre of Excellence for Biodiversity Law and Forest Resource Institute of Malaysia visited Bhutan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forests from 1-2, July 2014. The visit was coordinated by the National Biodiversity Centre, Serbithang.

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  • New Bird and Otter species Sighted at Thrumshingla National Park

    Asian Small-Clawed Otter Aonyx cinerea- (1)
    Asian Small-Clawed Otter Aonyx cinerea- (1)

    Recently, the Central Park Range office located in Lingmethang sighted an Asian Small-clawed Otter or Oriental Small-clawed Otter (Aonyx cinerea) and Barred Buttonquail (Turnix suscitator) in the south-east of the park area. The smallest otter in the world Asian Small-clawed Otter under Mustelidae family is a new record thus making two Otter species for the park including Common Otter (Lutra lutra ). It is evaluated as “Vulnerable” under the Red List of Threatened species (IUCN, 2014) and Appendix II (CITES) due to habitat destruction and reduction in its prey-biomass owing to over exploitation and pollution (http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/44166/0) as reported from India.

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  • Institutionalisation of Human-Wildlife Conflict Management Endowment Fund

    Finance Minster awarding the Seed money and Bylaws of the HWC endowment Fund
    Finance Minster awarding the Seed money and Bylaws of the HWC endowment Fund

    2 July 2014, Ura, Bumthang: In the past, compensation schemes adopted by DoFPS was targeted towards compensating the livestock loss to Tiger, Snow leopard, Asiatic Black Bear and Common Leopard which was downsized to two key predators (Tiger and Snow Leopard only) due to dearth of fund which had been donated earlier by some foreign philanthropists. It was primarily initiated to prevent retaliatory actions against the endangered wild animals.

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