November 3, Lhuentse: A poultry farm with five hundred capacity birds were handed over to the youths of Jarey. The activity as a part of the poultry and commercial organic farming is one the five projects of His Majesty’s People’s Project (URS Pilot Projects) that was launched by His Royal Gyaltshab in March 2017.
7 November, Mongar: Like any farming village, Ngarupongtang village under Thangrong geog has also suffered from the human wild life conflicts of crop raids by wild animals despite putting up different types of fencings materials like barbed wire and stone walls. Farmers guard their crops day and night and yet, wild animals like pigs, monkeys, cattle, porcupine and deer take their share. Statistics maintained at the gewog extension centre shows that almost 50 % of the crop loss is due to wild boars, followed by monkeys 25 %, stray cattle 11%, Porcupine 8 % and others such as deer 10 %.
7 November, Mongar: Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd), a new crop for Bhutan was successfully adopted in Bumpazor village at an elevation of 1738 metres above sea level under Drepong Gewog, Mongar Dzongkhag, in 2016. It was promoted in the gewog to diversify the cereal crops and enhance nutritional improvement.
6 November 2017, Thimphu: The importance of preventing and mitigating Human Wildlife Conflict (HWC) in order to protect rural livelihoods and maintain biodiversity is the highlight of a technical workshop being held in Thimphu, Bhutan from 6-8 October 2017.
The workshop is being organised by the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature,under the auspices of the Asia Protected Areas Partnership (APAP) – a regional platform that fosters collaboration and experience sharing among government protected area agencies. Financial support is being provided by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, the Ministry of Environment Korea, RGoB, ICIMOD, UNDP Bhutan and WWF Bhutan. Technical support is being provided by the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Task Force on Human-Wildlife Conflict.