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  • Workshop on Activity Data Generation for FRL/FREL reporting

    1August 14-17, Thimphu: A four day training workshop on Activity Data Generation for Forest Reference Level/Forest Reference Emission Level (FRL/FREL) reporting is underway at Hotel Ariya. Training participants are from the Forest Resources Management Division (FRMD), Watershed Management Division (WMD) and UWICER who are part of the team involved in developing the FREL/FRL for Bhutan. It is facilitated by a resource person Dr. RemiD’annunzio of FAO HQ, Rome.

    The objectives of the workshop are to discuss the tools developed by FAO Forestry Department under the Open Foris initiative (www.openforis.org) to generate activity data suitable for FREL/FRL. It will also present recent developments of the SEPAL platform and train project staff to use of tools designed by FAO to facilitate the production of robust, transparent and accurate activity data for FREL/FRL. It will further build technical capacity in the SEPAL cloud based processing platform (https://sepal.io) that will enable to access different tools such as R, the Open Foris Geospatial Toolkit and built in applications for stratified area estimation or implementation of BFAST algorithm. It will also discuss to combine three land cover maps for 1995, 2010 and 2016 produced by FRMD, to assess forest cover change over the reference period that will be chosen for the FREL. Identified hotspots of change will be also used to carry out dense time series analysis of change through automatic methods.

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  • EU Delegation calls on Hon’ble Agriculture Minister

    A50X1223August 16, Thimphu: The out-going Head of Cooperation (HoC), Dr Johann Hesse for Bhutan, EU Delegation, New Delhi, India and new HoC for Bhutan, Mr. Jerome PONS based in Bangkok, Thailand made a courtesy call to the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji.

    During the meeting, Lyonpo thanked Dr. Johann for his instrumental roles in enhancing relations between RGoB and particularly the Ministry and EU. He added that during his tenure as HoC, all the releases of tranches were received on time all because of the support of Dr. Johann and his colleagues in New Delhi. He also mentioned that the support provided by EU has been optimally and efficiently utilised by the Ministry for the intended purposes. Lyonpo extended his deepest gratitude to Dr Johann and wished him all the bests for his new place of work in Myanmar.

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  • Third annual mushroom festival held

    A50X094715-16 August, Thimphu: The third annual mushroom festival was held in Geney geog. The opening of the event was graced by Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji along with senior officials. It was organised by community of Geney geog in collaboration with the National Mushroom Centre (NMC) and the Tourism Council of Bhutan. Currently Geney geog has some eighty members from five chiwogs.

    The festival showcased the different mushrooms for sale, traditional food stalls, local handicrafts, high altitude livestock products, farm tools and cultural programs by community and schools. The event was aimed to help preserve and promote the culture and tradition as well as to improve the livelihood of the community.

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  • Tsirang Forest Division translocated two injured birds

    Pavo cristatus
    Pavo cristatus

    Forestry staffs of Mendrelgang Beat Office, who were on the official duty spotted an injured female peafowl (Pavo cristatus) on July 19 at Balawney village under Barshong geog. With the left leg broken and wound on her chest, she has been fed and taken care by the local residents. Balawney is two hour’s drive from Damphu town with three hours walk from the nearest motorable road. The care giver of the bird said that the injured bird was lying at the side of his paddy field.

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