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  • MAGIP conduct its first Annual Outcome Survey (AOS)

    Training Participants with Project Staff and IFPRI Resource
    Training Participants with Project Staff and IFPRI Resource

    Two-day Annual Outcome Survey (AOS) training is underway at Samdrup Jongkhar organized by Project Coordination Unit (PCU) of the Market Access and Growth Intensification Project (MAGIP). As per the MAGIP design and project financing agreement, the project is required to undertake Annual Outcome Survey (AOS) commencing second year of the project. The AOS for MAGIP with grant support from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in New Delhi, India is planned from March 7-24th, 2014 in selected project areas using hand held devices Nexus 7 tablet. Broadly the objectives of the AOS are to measure changes at the household level in terms of livelihoods and food security during the project period, assess target efficiency, provide evidences for the success or failure of project and provide timely performance information necessary to undertake corrective actions.

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  • Stakeholder consultation workshop on the revision of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

    the participants of the workshop
    the participants of the workshop

    March 6, Mongar: The last leg of the stakeholder consultation workshop for the revision of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) is underway for the eastern region.  The consultation workshop brings together relevant biodiversity stakeholders in the region to gather and incorporate ground issues and challenges into the national document so that the NBSAP becomes practical, realistic and implementable by all concerned agencies.

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  • First World Wildlife Day Celebrations

    Theme: “Bhutanese People and Wildlife to live in Harmony”

    Background on World Wildlife Day

    The 16th Conference of Parties (COP) on Convention of International Trade on Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was held last year (3-14 March) in Bangkok, Thailand. As one of the resolutions (Resolution conference 16.1) from the COP 16th on CITES, Wildlife Day on 3rd March was endorsed. Further, on 20 December 2013, 68th United Nations General Assembly (UN GA) formalized 3rd of March as World Wildlife Day. In addition to which all member countries were encouraged to observe the day. The day is declared to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild flora and fauna in view of its intrinsic value and contribution to the ecological, genetic, social, scientifc, educational, cultural, recreational, andaesthetic aspects of sustainable development and human well being.

    Celebrations in Thimphu

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  • WCP promotes alternative fuel for nomads

    Grinding biomass produced charcoal
    Grinding biomass produced charcoal

    WCP successfully conducted two days training on producing biomass fuel and use of biomass based cook stoves for 35 nomads from Chhokhor Geog (block), Central Range in close technical collaboration with Watershed Management Division, Department of Forests and Park Services. The training is part of the Asia High Mountains project funded by USAID and routed through WWF Project in WCP. The cook stoves procurement was done with financial support from Bhutan Trust Fund (BTF-EC) in FY 13.

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  • Bhutan Biodiversity Portal hits 1000 Observation mark

    February 28, 2014: After little over two months of the launch of the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal on 17th December 2013, by Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Minister for Agriculture and Forests, the observations in the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal (www.biodiversity.bt ) has raced to 1000.

    The observations were contributed by biodiversity enthusiasts from all walks of life and showcase the country’s rich biodiversity as well as the enthusiasm and interest amongst Bhutanese and others in studying, cherishing and conserving it. Currently, there are more than 140 registered users from Bhutan as well as from outside the country, who share their passion, expertise and love for biodiversity on this portal.

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