The RNR Newsletter (16- 30 March Vol. VII Issue no III) covers the story of Biogas to meet the continuous sporadic demand, Yangdhen horticulture farm and Automation of water scheduling helps Khengkharpas.
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29 March 2019: One-day consultative workshop on Biodiversity Statistics of Bhutan was held in Thimphu. The workshop aimed at validating the species checklists and the number of species found in Bhutan till 2017 and 2018, and finalizing the information to be presented in the publication. The primary focus of the Biodiversity Statistics of Bhutan is to collate and create an accurate and reliable baseline of biodiversity statistics for the country. This publication is the first of its kind, to be developed through collaborative efforts from various institutions. By creating a platform for the collection and discussion of biodiversity data from stakeholders with wide-ranging expertise, this publication will bring together knowledge from various sources and aims to present a thorough introduction to the biodiversity in Bhutan.
This report will present the number of species according to taxonomic groups, trends of new records and discoveries, as well as other information related to the biodiversity of Bhutan. It will also provide checklists according to taxonomic classifications. The checklists will be made available through an online consortium-based platform, the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal (www.biodiversity.bt).
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28-29 March, Thimphu: Around 45 participants from the Ministry are attending a two days training on “Google Suite” at Institute of Management Studies Ltd, Serbithang. The training will basically equip the staff stationed in Thimphu on the usage of Email, Publishing Apps (Docs, Sheet, Slides), Calendar, Cloud storage (drive) and other features available in the Suite.
The Google Apps is a cloud-based suite application to promote a paperless working environment and help reduce both agency’s overall expenses and its environmental impact. The Royal Government of Bhutan approved the implementation of Google Apps to facilitate a secure email system and collaboration across the whole of Government. The Apps had encouraged the innovative changes in processes within the government, demonstrating the benefits of ICT in a small and resource constrained country like Bhutan.
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25 – 29 March, Sarpang: Five day Training of Trainers (ToT) Program on Scientific large cardamom production management is underway at Agriculture Research and Development Centre, Samtenling. The training program is organised by Agriculture Production Division under Department of Agriculture with financial and technical support from FAO TA Project: UTF/BHU/013/BHU.
The overall objective of the program is to upgrade knowledge and information of Agriculture Officers through theoretical and practical sessions including demonstration in the field on varietal identification, orchard establishment, management of soil and nutrient, pest management, water management and post-harvest options. A total of 15 agriculture officers from various Central Programs are participating in the training. These trained personnel will be used to train the extension personnel and farmers in future.
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19-21 March, Thimphu: The Nature Conservation Division (NCD) of the Department of Forests & Park Services conducted a technical workshop on Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA). The main objective of the workshop was to introduce the concept of KBA and provide hands on application of International standards of KBA sites.
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