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  • Planning and training workshop for the first ever National Snow Leopard Survey

    Untitled7-11 September 2015, Thimphu; The Wildlife Conservation Division, Department of Forests and Park Services, is conducting a five-day planning and training workshop for the first ever nationwide Snow Leopard Survey. The training workshop is attended by 30 field staff from snow leopard range parks, namely Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP), Wangchuck Centennial National Park (WCNP), Jigme Khesar Strict Nature Reserve (JKSNR), Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary (BWS), and Paro Territorial Division. The training workshop is facilitated and conducted by a team of national resource persons, most of whom are Core Team Members of the National Snow Leopard.

    The theme of this training workshop is “Counting the mountain queen: National Snow Leopard Survey of Bhutan 2015-2016”. The main objective of this workshop is to familiarize the field staff and survey enumerators with the objective of the National Snow Leopard Survey, and acquaint them with the survey protocol that includes methods in handling and stationing the camera traps and GPS and their accessories, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in wildlife scat collection and handling. The resource persons also imparted general ecology and conservation status of snow leopards in addition to sharing of their past experiences of snow leopard surveys in JDNP, WCNP, and BWS.

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  • A Field Day on Improved Horticultural Technologies

    field day 38 September 2015, Thimphu: A day long field day on “Improved Horticultural Technologies” was organized by the Horticulture Division, DoA in collaboration with Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector of Thimphu Dzongkhag with an objective to showcase the improved horticultural technologies available at the Integrated Agriculture Technology Farm (AITF) located at Wangsisina. The field day was attended by horticulture researchers from RNRRDC Bajo and Yusipang, Dzongkhag Agriculture staff and farmers of Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag.

    The participants witnessed climate smart low-cost technologies available at the AITF. The technologies displayed were tomato-brinjal grafting, water harvesting technology, micro irrigation system, low-cost poly house construction, proper farm lay out and production methods of other horticultural crops. The tomato grafting technology although being done on commercial scale in other countries is first of its kind being practiced in Bhutan. The technology can minimize problems caused by flooding and soil born diseases and enhances productivity by many folds. The researchers, field staff and farmers interacted and discussed on how to replicate the technologies in their respective region and Dzongkhags.

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  • Bhutan Phenology Network

    Report coverPhenology is the study of recurring plant and animal life cycle stages, specifically known as phenophases: budburst, leafing, flowering, fruiting, emergence of insects, migration of birds, and its interaction with biotic and abiotic factors. Across the globe, phenology as a tool has been widely used to study the impact of climate change on plant and animal communities. Its potential, however, is not yet explored in Bhutan.

    With an operationalizationof BPN (Bhutan Phenology Network) in 2014, it has generated significant interest both from schools and public. As of now, it involves 170 students from 17 schools in observing and recording phenological event of 306 plants on daily basis. Besides phenology data, schools also logs and transmit climate data at the temporal resolution of 10 minutes from 17 weather stations. As of August 2015, one-year climate data has been logged and stored in UWICE climate database.

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  • Prizes awarded to Members of Cooperatives of Nubi and Tangsibji geogs

    The Chief Guest awarding the prizes
    The Chief Guest awarding the prizes

    September 4-5, Trongsa: The Trongsa Dzongkhag Livestock Sector organised a program to reward the proactive members of the two milk cooperatives operating the milk processing units (MPUs) at Nubi and Tangsibji geogs. Hard working and motivated farmers were selected based on their contribution towards group sustainability and growth.

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