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  • Two new orchid species discovered from Bhutan

    Two new orchid species namely, Chiloschista densiflora and Chiloschista himalaica were discovered from Bhutan by a team from the National Biodiversity Centre, College of Natural Resources and the Department of Forests and Park Services.

    Chiloschista densiflora was discovered from Zhemgang in 2014. The sample is deposited at the National Herbarium under the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) and cultivated at the Royal Botanical Garden Serbithang. And is named in reference to the densely flowered inflorescences.

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  • Press Release on World Food Day

    Thimphu: The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) will commemorate World Food Day 2020 on a theme “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together. Our Actions are our Future” on 16 October.

    The event is a joint effort among the MoAF, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and other partners.  Amidst the global health crisis of COVID-19, the event is an opportunity to reflect on this year’s theme while working together to address issues related to food, nutrition, agriculture and overall health and well-being of the citizens.

    Each year, the World Food Day is observed coinciding with the founding day of the FAO. World Food Day 2020 also marks the 75th anniversary of FAO in an exceptional moment as countries around the world deal with the widespread effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The day is being marked just a week after WFP, the largest humanitarian organization and the first responder on the frontlines of hunger, food insecurity and disasters was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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  • A batch of 64 foresters attends arms and drill training at MTC

    Wangdue: A batch of 64 foresters joined Military Training Centre (MTC) at Tencholing, Wangdue, to undergo a month-long arms and drill training, beginning 10th of this month. The batch includes 23 fresh recruits of forestry officers, 6 rangers, 24 foresters and 12 drivers. Out of which 11 of them are females.

    This comes at an appropriate time when the department, coinciding with World Ranger Day this year, on July 31, introduced revised gosa system whereby all foresters from lowest to the highest position level adorns new and unique insignia system.

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  • A week long online training workshop on CITES held

    5-9 October, Thimphu: The Nature Conservation Division (NCD) of the Department of Forests & Park Services conducted a weeklong online training workshop on Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES). Bhutan as a party, collectively and individually, face a significant and diverse set of capacity-building needs that limit the robust implementation of the convention. Therefore, the training workshop covered legislation, science and enforcement aspects of the convention for further enhancement while implementing in the field.

    More than 100 forestry staffs from Protected Areas and Territorial Forest Division registered in the inforMEA e-learning platform under the domain cites.org of CITES website and attended the online training.

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  • Run Wild with Tendrel concluded successfully

    25 September – 4 October, 2020More than 1 million runners participated for the WILD RUN campaign for Tigers, Elephants and Pangolin. A tiger from Bhutan, Tendrel Zam was featured in the Adidas Runtastic app along with Adjany, an elephant, and Pamoja, Pangolin. Tendrel from Bhutan has the highest competitors with 565,197 runners, followed by Pamoja with 308, 892 participants and Adjany with 145, 430 participants. 

    “I was little worried that the goal of 1 million runners being not met as only two days of the competition was left. But during the final day of the competition, we had many people signing up and that helped us to meet our goal” said Lobzang Dorji, the Director of Forests and Park Services. 

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