Nominations and applications are invited for the role of Chairperson of GFAR, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation, for a 3-year period from July 2017.
GFAR is the unique multi-stakeholder global forum on agricultural research and innovation. An open, voluntary forum and a movement for change, GFAR is a global action network, made up of hundreds of partner organizations from public, private and civil society sectors, working together to shape the future of agriculture and food and their role in achieving sustainable development.
April 5-6 2017, Thimphu: Her Excellency Dr. Barbara Anne Hendricks, Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany and her delegation called on the Hon’ble Lyonpo, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests on April 5. During the meeting, the Department of Forests and Park Services presented on the Centre for Tiger and Cat Research and Jhomotsangkha Wildlife Sanctuary.
On April 6, the delegation accompanied by the Agriculture Minister and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Environment Commission, World Wildlife Fund- Bhutan Program and Bhutan Trust Fund planted some 130 saplings comprising of the national tree cypress, Cherry tree, Oak and Dogwood at Kuenselphodrang as a symbol of Bhutan-German friendship. They also took a hike from Kuenselphodrang to Changangkha Lhakhang.
05 April 2017: A seminar on invertebrates particularly dragonflies and damselflies, and pollination was held for more than 100 students including a few lecturers at the College of Natural Resources in Lobesa. This seminar aimed at creating awareness and to motivate the students and lecturers to take interest on the study of invertebrates in Bhutan, which largely remains as understudied biodiversity groups.The seminar dragonflies and damselflies included life history, ecology, applications, and taxonomy.
Tokay Gecko, scientifically known as Gekko gecko is a lizard species admired by people not only because of its appealing appearance but also because of its commercial value has been rescued by a team from Divisional Forest Office, Samdrup Jongkhar on 31 March 2016 from Dechen Primary School in Samdrup Jongkhar. The rescue exercise was done with utmost care by using a cage trap to ensure that there is no physical injury on the lizard.
It is suspected that one couple had been rearing the lizard but there is no concrete evidence to support the possession. However, it is not permissible as per Chapter VII, Sections 235 and 237 of the Forest and Nature Conservation Rules and Regulations of Bhutan 2017. The Sections 240 and 241 of the rule also clearly stated that no captive breeding shall be permitted unless certified by the Department of Forest and Park Services.