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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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  • The 14th ISE Congress commences at Bumthang

    IMG_4737The Opening Ceremony of the 14th International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) Congress took place at Ugyen Wangchuck Stadium in Bumthang, Bhutan on 1 June 2014. The objective of the Congress which is held once every two years is to support and promote the critical efforts of indigenous peoples, traditional societies and local communities in the conservation of biological, cultural and linguistic diversity. HRH Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, Guest of Honour, inaugurated the event to a crowd of almost 200 participants from Bhutan and 400 participants representing 56 other countries. The Minister of Agriculture and Forests Lyonpo Yeshi Dorji, Dasho Sangay Wangchuck, Dasho Peljor J. Dorji, Lam Neten and Dasho Dzongdag of Bumthang Dzongkhag, Director General for Department of Forest and Park Services, and other sector heads also attended the Congress ceremony.

    In addition to inaugurating the Congress, HRH Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck launched the Birds of Bhutan Web-app and five new UWICE publications: Wildlife Research Techniques in Rugged Mountainous Asian Landscapes, Field Guide to Primulas of Bhutan, Field Guide to Hesperiidae (Skippers) of Bhutan, Aquatic Biodiversity Assessment and Ecological and Socio-Cultural Significance of High Altitude Wetlands. A final highlight of the Congress Opening was the maiden flight of a conservation drone, which UWICE will use to map forest and snow cover and to monitor forests impacted by fire. UWICE conservation drone and publications were generously funded by the Bhutan Foundation.

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