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  • Gearing towards implementation of food import control system in Bhutan

    14-17 May 2019, Phuntsholing: The training workshop on Risk-based Inspection and Sampling of Imported Food is held in Bhutan Ga Me Ga Hotel, Phuntsholing. The objective of the training is orient BAFRA officials on the use of Risk-based Inspection and Sampling Manual for Imported Food Commodities. The training was attended by 25 BAFRA officials from southern Dzongkhags and the entry points and a representative from Regional Revenue and Customs Office, Phuntsholing and WHO Country Office.

    The opening session was graced by Mr. Namgay Wangchuk, Director General of BAFRA. He highlighted on the importance of implementation of food import control system and the need of training BAFRA officials on the Manual for uniform implementation throughout the country.

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  • SLANT -Bhutan write-shop in Paro

    11-13 May, Paro: The Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER) and the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has been implementing the project “Sloping lands in transition: Participatory research on landscape management for forest ecosystem service provision and adaptation-SLANT” supported by Government of Austria since 2016.

    As part of the final phase of the project, a write-shop was conducted by UWICER and CIFOR to synthesize the results of the project and prepare materials for dissemination to policy makers, forestry professionals and the communities of the research sites. Another objective of the write-shop was to review the overall project experiences and to chalk out the activities for the second phase of the project.

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  • Junior Ranger club launched at Sakteng lower secondary school

    9 May, Trashigang: Junior Ranger club has been launched at Sakteng lower secondary school on 9th May, coinciding with the monthly cleaning campaign. Based on the International Red Panda Network program, the aim of Junior Ranger clubs is to involve youth in learning biodiversity and its importance with emphasis on red panda conservation and research. Twenty students listened to SWS staff talk about red pandas, watched videos and learnt the importance of Red panda in biodiversity conservation. Students were given activity books to draw and color the red pandas to make them aware about the basic features of Red panda like their ecology and diet. The day concluded with the presentation of a certificates to confirm their role as junior rangers.

    With this, the management of Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary has launched two Junior ranger club in both Merak and Sakteng school to foster positive attitudes towards the conservation of our biodiversity and to promote citizen scientist-based conservation.

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  • Developing competency-based framework for Livestock Production Officers

    8-11 May, Paro-The Department of Livestock under the directives of Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) is conducting four days consultation workshop to develop competency-based framework for Livestock Production Officers (LPOs).

    Competency-based Framework (CBF), an initiative of RCSC organised in collaboration with Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Foundation International, Singapore will institute a structured approach for capacity development of public servants. It is aimed to identify skill needs of employees, assist continuous development and professionalise the public servants to deliver responsibilities effectively and efficiently.

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  • GFPR 2019 launch from IFPRI

    Nestled in the Himalayas, the Kingdom of Bhutan places top priority on the happiness of its people, tracking well-being with its Gross National Happiness index. The world can learn from this concept, said experts at the Bhutan launch of IFPRI’s 2019 Global Food Policy Report (GFPR) launch in Thimphu April 29. Speakers laid out the opportunities and challenges in meeting the goals of food and nutrition security to achieve “happiness” and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    The launch started with the traditional Marchang (literally, Mar means butter and Chang means alcohol)ceremony which involves offering alcohol to the root and lineage gurus and guardian deities, invoking their blessings to remove any obstacles so that the work (the launch of the GFPR and the collaboration between IFPRI and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, in this case) can be fulfilled successfully.

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