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  • The first International Snow Leopard’s Day

    “Conserving Snow Leopards to secure a healthy mountain ecosystem”

    1 (2)4 November, Haa. Why are the Snow leopards important to conserve? This elusive snow leopard Panthera uncia, is under tremendous threat due to poaching and fragmentation of habitats across its geographical range. In order to affirm collective action to conserve this rare species and its fragile habitat, the Government of twelve snow leopard range countries and international partner agencies gathered at Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic in 2013 to develop the ‘Global Snow Leopard Ecosystem Protection Programme’ based on inputs from the respective range countries in the form of National Snow Leopard Ecosystem Protection Programme (NSLEPP). The forum amongst others unanimously adopted October 23 of every year as the “International Snow Leopards Day” and requested the respective Governments to observe this important day to benefit the snow leopard conservation.

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  • Picture Story

    IMG_1569[1]The Ministry is currently reviewing the Quarterly Progress on the physical and financial achievements for the first quarter of the 2014-2015 financial year. It is being undertaken to review the achievements, understand key issues faced by the implementing agencies and to resolve the issues.

    The progress review for all the Department and Agencies under the Ministry started from 29 October and it will end today. The progress review meeting is being chaired by the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo.

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  • Picture Story

    Koren team with HE Lyonpo on 28 Oct 201427 October: Biosafety delegation from South Korea lead by Dr. Ho Min Jang, Director, Korean Biosafety Clearing House, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIB) is in the country to discuss and explore possible future collaborations with Bhutan Biosafety Clearing House and other relevant stakeholders. During their visit, the delegation will meet officials from Ministry for Agriculture and Forests and visit various institutes at Paro, Thimphu. Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang dzongkhags.

    The delegation will leave the country on 31 October.

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  • Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on Invertebrate Documentation Project

    IMG_1142A one-day stakeholder consultation workshop on invertebrate inventory and documentation project funded through Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation (BTFEC) was held on 27 October 2014 at WWF Conference Hall, Thimphu. The workshop was organized by the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) to consult with the relevant stakeholders for finalization of the taxonomic groups to be taken up through the project and to agree on the project implementation modality.

    13 participants from Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE), RNR- RDC-Yusipang, National Plant Protection Centre (NPPC), College for Natural Resources (CNR), Sherubtse College, Mendrelgang Middle Secondary School, Tsirang and National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) took part in the consultation workshop.

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  • Mastiff Dog Exhibition (Bjopchi)

    UntitledThe first ever dog show/exhibition held in Bhutan was oragnized by Thimphu Dzongkhag in Soe and Lingshi geog. The dog show/exhibition was focused on the declining breed of our native Mastiff dog (Bjopchi). This activity was supported by Department of livestock under the Highland Development Programme which very well fits in the indicators set for the program.

    The show was conducted in Soe geog on the 8 October and 12 October in Lingzhi geog. The objectives for conducting such exhibition are to conserve Mastiff dog (Bjopchi), create awareness and importance of mastiff breed, de-worming and vaccination of Dogs, encourage Highlanders to Breed good quality Mastiff and alternative source of income generation.

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