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  • The DoFPS organized it’s first virtual meeting

    2 July, Thimphu: The Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS) organized the first virtual meeting with the field Chief Forestry Officers (CFO) yesterday. The meeting was chaired by the Director and attended by the advisor and chiefs of the functional divisions. The CFO from the divisional forest offices based in Thimphu were also present for the virtual meeting in the DoFPS conference hall.

    The main agenda for the meeting was to get an update on the status of COVID duty from the field, discuss the RCSC’s Organizational Development Exercise (ODE) recommendations and other pertinent issues from the field. The virtual meet was conducted using the Google Meet, a package in G-Suite.

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  • Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche

    Today, June 30 is a national holiday in Bhutan to observe the Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche.
    Regarded as the second Buddha, Guru Rinpoche visited Bhutan in the 8th century. Guru Rinpoche is credited to have brought Buddhism to the Kingdom and visited and blessed several religious sites. These sites are revered as Nyes which are visited by devotees on auspicious occasions.

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  • Farmers in Phuntshopelri shows keen interest in watermelon farming

    Watermelon will soon be an important cash crop for farmers in Phuntshopelri gewog, Samtse. A ‘Sugar Baby’ variety of water melon was introduced in the gewog in December 2019 to provide an alternative source of income and encourage farmers and youth groups. Locally raised seedlings were planted in the field of a farmer, Mon Bdr. Mongar at Chhunag covering 0.4 acres of land.

    Awareness training was also provided to all 21 Chhunag households covering the water melon cultivating technology such as nursery raising, construction of low cost polytunnel, planting, mulching, irrigation and pest and disease management practices.

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  • Up scaling of Payment for Environmental Service Scheme in Tsirang Dzongkhag

    In Bhutan, a number of Payment for Environmental Service (PES) scheme types, currently functioning have the potential to be scaled up in other parts of the country taking into account, lessons and experiences generated today in the country. A comprehensive of these mechanisms will be valuable for scaling up, and could also be offered as models that could potentially, be replicated in the districts. This would contribute to responding to challenges, with synergizing rapid socio-economic development, with the Governments conservation efforts to uphold the constitutional mandate, of maintaining 60 percent of land under forests cover forever.

    Bhutan has one of the highest per capita water availability in the region. However, with growth in population, rapid socio-economic development, and impact of climate change, the protection of watershed and riverine ecosystems has become an urgent and important issue. Considering the water crisis in Tsirang, there is an urgent need to protect and manage watersheds, for the benefit of our future generations. At present, the overall management of the water resources is poor, and it is timely that the Government agencies and communities’ partnership, to explore various approaches for the effective management of watershed. Without human intervention, the water crisis can threaten the balance of ecosystem goods and services. The communities believe that, such an undertaking would be one viable option, to help prevent water related problems, with the increasing population and development in future.

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