27 May, Pemagatshel: ‘Biogas is going to bring significant changes in our day-to-day life’ says Tshewang from Bartseri village, who is the first proud farmer to use biogas in Pemagatshel Dzongkhag.
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6 June 2014: Hon’ble Lyonchhen handed out certificates signed by the MoIC Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office complex to IT representatives of the highest evaluated websites. The first ranked was Department of Information Technology and Telecom (DITT) while the second went to Ministry of Finance.
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27-30 May, Samdrupjongkhar: Phuntshothang (Bangtar) under Samdrupcholing Drungkhag in Samdrupjongkhar is a highly potential area for fresh milk and other dairy products. Considering this, the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector carried out the awareness cum training on self-help group approaches for its farmers with support from Drungkhag and geog administration for 4 days.
More than 150 participants attended the training. The main purpose was to make rural farmers understand on the group concept and concentrate on the group marketing of fresh milk to urban towns, helping them to generate cash income.
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June 2, Thimphu: With the theme “Plant trees for Green Bhutan” the Dzongkhag Forestry Sector, Thimphu Dzongkhag celebrated Social Forestry Day at Genekha Lower Secondary School (GLSS), Mewang geog, by planting 1000 different species of trees- cupressus, dogwood, oak and few ornamental species- around the school compound to mark the day which coincides with the Coronation Day of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.
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1 June 2014- Bumthang: Rugged terrain and thick forest cover impose great challenges in assessing and monitoring wildlife, forest fires, poaching, illegal logging, and other activities necessary to inform critical conservation efforts in Bhutan. Across the globe, satellite images are increasingly used for collecting such landscape-level data. However, satellite images are limited in frequency of observations. In addition, high-resolution images—the kind needed for meaningful local conservation action—are limited and often cost prohibitive.
On 1 June 2014, coinciding with the 14th International Society of Ethnobiology Congress held in Bumthang, Bhutan, the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE) conducted a successful test flight of Bhutan’s first ever drone acquired for conservation purposes. Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) that offer a new and exciting approach for environmental research, monitoring and management in difficult landscapes like Bhutan. Drones fly pre-programmed missions, acquiring high-resolution (10 cm pixels) aerial photographs or videos along specified flight paths. In a single 50-minute flight, a drone can survey an area of 10km2. The aerial photographs can be stitched together to produce near real-time land cover maps.
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