The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests is pleased to publicly disclose the Environment and Social Management Framework (ESMF) and Gender Analysis and Action Plan (GAAP) for Bhutan for Life Project after receiving feedback from RGoB and WWF. This will be the basis for specifying the procedures and guidelines for assessing the potential environmental and social impacts of the financed sub-projects.
May 24-25, Haa: The Highland Development Program, Department of Livestock in collaboration with the Jigme Khesar Strict Nature Reserve (JKSNR) organised a two-day workshop on the multi-stakeholders action plan development on yak value chain with fund from the Kanchenunga Landscape Project, ICIMOD, Nepal.
29 May, Thimphu: As per Royal Command, 30 May to 1 June 2017, has been declared as National Census Holidays. The 2nd Population and Housing Census of Bhutan (2017 PHCB) is an important national undertaking. In view of this, the PHCB will cover both Bhutanese and Non-Bhutanese living in the country. Therefore, everyone is expected to stay at their residences and extend full support and cooperation to the census officials.
The PHCB which will be conducted by the National Census Secretariat, instituted under the National Statistics Bureau, is the most comprehensive source of information on population and households. It provides benchmark data on demographic, social, economic and housing characteristics. The information collected will be used for formulation of policies, planning and monitoring and evaluation of the development plans and programs. The 2017 PHCB is timely to assess the achievement of the 11th Five Year Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals. The first Population and Housing Census of Bhutan was conducted in May 2005.
Dr. Tashi Samdup, Director General of the Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan, was unanimously elected as the Vice President of the Regional Commission of the OIE for Asia, the Far East and Oceania by the 32 member countries of the Region during the 85th Session of the World Animal Health Assembly held from 21 to 26 May 2017 at Paris, France.
26 May 2017, Thimphu: A 10 Member Japanese Delegation from Kisarazu City of Chiba Prefecture led by the Hon’ble Mayor Yoshikuni Watanabe are on a visit to Bhutan upon the invitation of the MoAF Minister, Hon’ble Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji. The delegation was received by the Director General of BAFRA, the National Organic Programme Coordinator and the Secretary General of the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Kisarazu City has declared itself as organic to create a sustainable city with nature and its citizens living in harmony. Therefore, the delegation is here to learn about Bhutan’s national programme for moving towards organic agriculture, sustainable environmentally friendly tourism and the GNH Concept. – ICTD