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  • Historically Significant Trees of Bhutan Launched

    The Hon'ble Lyonpo launched the book on Historically Significant Trees of BhutanThe Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER) published Historically Significant Trees of Bhutan during the opening ceremony of the 10th World Dendro Conference on June 10 at the conference hall of the Royal University of Bhutan in Thimphu. This is an effort of the institute to document the stories behind each historically significant trees of Bhutan and to check the age of the tree through the use of dendrochronology.

    The institute embarked on the study after having received the Royal command through the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests to document the same. Bhutan is filled with myths and Bhutanese can be quite certain that every tree near the monasteries and Dzongs or for that matter any cypress tree in Bhutan is associated with stories in relation to important figures who walked the country states the report.

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  • Training on Sustainable Land Management conducted at Tsirang

    Bamboo check dams built by participantsTsirang, 5-7 June: A three-days training on Sustainable Land Management was conducted at Tsholingkhar gewog for thirty-two participants from Tsholingkhar Toe and Maed Chewog. It was aimed to educate and train the local communities in all aspects of sustainable land management (SLM) who then can use the knowledge in sustainable crop production and combating land degradation.

    Participants were introduced to various measures and technologies related to SLM practices in degraded agriculture lands and community forests. Practical exercises were also organised to provide hands-on-training to farmers.

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  • Bhutan Biodiversity Portal Award Winners

    The National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) is pleased to announce the winners of the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal Top Observer Awards and the recent Wild River BioBlitz competition.

    “We have two exceptional Bhutan Biodiversity Portal users and we wanted to acknowledge their contribution through the Top Observer Awards” said Mrs. Sangay Dema, Principal Biodiversity Officer at NBC.

    The winners of the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal Top Observer awards are Mr. Tandin Wangchuk from Trashigang Forest Division who uploaded 2353 observations. Our second winner is Mr. Phuentsho from Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (JSWNP) who uploaded 1982 observations.

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  • Organic Agriculture Write Shop Ongoing

    norden16 to 8 June, 2018, Thimphu: A write shop on a Flagship Program on Organic Agriculture (OA) titled “Supporting organic sector development towards food security and livelihood” is being held in the Institute of Management Studies (IMS), Serbethang, Thimphu from 6 to 8thJune, 2018. The write shop was facilitated by the National Organic Programme (NOP) under the ARDC-Yusipang, Department of Agriculture (DoA) with budgetary support from the Policy Planning Division, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF).  It is being participated by the Flagship program’s focal officials from different agencies within the DoA, Department of Livestock, Department of Forest and Park Services, Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority and National Biodiversity Centre.

    The main objectives of the write shop were to develop a comprehensive plan and a concept paper for the Flagship program on OA, which is expected to be implemented in the 12th Five Year Plan (FYP).  The flagship program will be over and above the normal 12th FYP of the NOP which will be implemented in all the twenty Dzongkhags focussing on potential organic commodities comprising of crops, livestock commodities and Non-wood Forest Products.  The flagship program will also preferably be carried out in potential Geogs. Apart from organic productions, certifications, processing and marketing; the program will also focus on in-country organic inputs productions such as bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides, organic seeds, organic feed and fodder. Other plans are to establish some important infrastructures such as labs, storage facilities, supply of organic farm inputs, carry out research and development activities, public advocacy and capacity building of stakeholders.

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  • National Training Workshop on SUA/FBS underway

    1Phuentsholing, 4-8 June: A five days national training workshop on compilation of Supply Utilisation Account (SUA)/Food Balance Sheet (FBS) is underway at Phuentsholing. FBS is a national accounting/statistical framework, presenting a comprehensive picture of the pattern of a country’s food supply during a specified reference period. It will provide important statistics that are crucial in making evidence-based planning and formulating policies.

    The main objective of the training is to enable participants from relevant departments/agencies of RGoB, who are directly involved in food related data collection/processing to understand the concept of SUA/FBS and compute the FBS for Bhutan.

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