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  • Awareness on self-help group approaches held

    Untitled27-30 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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  • Social Forestry Day Celebration at Genekha Lower Secondary School

    Thimphu Dzongdag planting trees at Gyenekha LSS
    Thimphu Dzongdag planting trees at Gyenekha LSS

    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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  • Bhutan’s First Ever Drone successfully flies over Chamkhar Town

    21 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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  • Social Forestry Day celebrated with the theme “Plant Trees for Green Bhutan”

    HE Lyonchhen speaking on Social Forestry Day 2014  at Chuzom
    HE Lyonchhen speaking on Social Forestry Day 2014 at Chuzom

    2nd June, Chuzom: The 2nd June Social Forestry Day was celebrated by a Mass Tree Plantation along the Thimphu/Paro/Chukha Highway at Chuzom, today. The theme for the day was “Plant Trees for Green Bhutan” The inaugural planting was graced by His Excellency the Prime Minister of Bhutan, and Managing Director and  staff of Punatsangchhu, the Dzongdas of Paro, Thimphu, Chukha and Haa, Desungs and over 350 volunteers and forests officials  from the four dzongkhags. They planted about 3000 willow stumps and 200 seedlings of various species along the Thimphu/Paro/Chukha highway.

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  • UWICE celebrates June Second with HRH Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck

    HRH Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck plants a tree on the UWICE grounds
    HRH Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck plants a tree on UWICE grounds

    2 June, Bumthang. Her Royal Highness Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, Minister of Agriculture and Forests Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Dasho Sangay Wangchuck, NEC Advisor Dasho Paljor J. Dorji, Bumthang Dzongdag and other dignitaries celebrated Social Forestry Day at Ugyen Wangchuck Institute of Conservation and Environment (UWICE).

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