August 3, Thimphu: To complement the development needs of livestock sector in the country and create job opportunities for youths and farmers in livestock enterprises, the Bhutan Livestock Development Corporation Limited (BLDCL) was launched yesterday. Jigme Wangchuk is the first Chief Executive Officer of the company.
August 2-4, Paro: A three day training workshop on Strategy and Safeguards for the REDD+ Program of Bhutan is underway at Metta Resort and Spa. Participants include the officials from all the territorial forest divisions, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, Taryayana Foundation and Social Forestry and Extension Division.
The workshop aims to build awareness and capacity on REDD+ and their components under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and discuss initial proposed REDD+ Strategy options and methods to identify their potential risks and benefits. It will also build capacity of the participants to conduct consultation workshops at Dzongkhag and local levels on the REDD+ Strategy options and Polices & Measures (PAMs).
August 1-4, Thimphu: More than 25 people including women representing progressive co-operatives, BAOWE, Tarayana Foundation, Youth Development Fund and field officers from the Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives (DAMC) are attending a training on Management Capacity of Women for Co-Operative Development at Jambayang Resort. Resource persons are experts from the International Co-operative Alliance-Asia Pacific (ICA-AP) Secretariat, a well-known co-operative in Sri Lanka.
While the training subject is building capacity of the co-operative as a whole, it is designed in a way to give greater stress on women members considering that approximately 46% of the members of farmer groups and co-operatives in Bhutan are women but only around 20 % of them are in leadership. The training is being organised by DAMC with fund support from ICA-AP.
31 July- 2 August, Thimphu: The World Ranger Day for the first time in Bhutan was celebrated as a tribute to recognise the role that the rangers play in the conservation of Bhutan’s natural heritage and public service delivery. The event also celebrated the membership of its Society of Bhutanese Foresters to the International Rangers Federation (IRF).
The IRF, set up in 1992 provides a forum for rangers from around the world to share their successes and failures in protecting the world’s heritage and to promote information and technology transfer.
July 31, Tsirang: Tsirang Territorial Forest Division celebrated the World Ranger Day for the first time in her history with numerous activities. It was graced by the Chief Forestry Officer (CFO) as Chief Guest.