The National Flower of Bhutan commonly known as Blue Poppy and scientifically known as Meconopsis grandis subsp. orientalis has been upgraded to a species rank with a distinctly Bhutanese name Meconopsis gakyidiana T. Yoshida, R. Yangzom & D.G. Long, inspired by the developmental philosophy of Gross National Happiness, published in Sibbaldia– The Journal of Botanic Garden Horticulture No. 14 (December 2016, https://journals.rbge.org.uk/index.php/rbgesib/article/view/193).
27 March 2017, Thimphu: Coinciding with the Annual Forestry Conference 2017, a forester of Paro Forest Division, Chogyal was recognised with an appreciation certificate and a cash award by the Ministry. The Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay awarded recognition.
26 March, Thimphu: The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests has completed formulation of its draft Key Result Areas and Key Performance Indicators for the 12 Five Year Plan and the consultation processes with the Local Governments going on full swing.
Led by Dasho Rinzin Dorji, Hon’ble Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, the 12 FYP consultation with the Local Governments are taking place in full swing starting 20 March through 27 March 2017. The consultation meeting will end with the Trashigang cluster for six eastern Dzongkhags on 27 March in Trashigang. The consultations are undertaken to synchronise the Ministerial Plans with the Local Government Plans as the Local Governments will be responsible for the implementation of the major chunk of the agricultural plans and programs. Besides discussion on 12 FYP AKRAs, KPIs and targets, the consultation also provide a platform to share and discuss common issues and wherever possible mutually agreed solutions.
Scientists of Sherubtse College, Kanglung, National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) and the Dutch Naturalis Biodiversity Centre have named a new species of dragonfly in honour of The Crown Prince of Bhutan, The Gyalsey, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck as a symbol of appreciation and gratitude for the extraordinary leadership of Bhutan in biodiversity and environmental conservation.
Honouring His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Bhutan, the dragonfly Megalestes gyalsey (Odonata: Synlestidae). Megalestes gyalsey spec. nov. is described from a single male from Trongsa District in Bhutan. The species was discovered during field work conducted in 2015 for the Bhutan invertebrate biodiversity project. The species is named in honour of His Royal Highness The Crown Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, The Gyalsey of Bhutan, on the occasion of his First Birthday. This project is coordinated by the National Biodiversity Centre, Serbithang with collaboration with the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, The Netherlands, Sherubtse College, College of Natural Resources, UWICE and National Plant Protection Centre. The project focuses on understudied biodiversity groups.
22 March 2017: The Human Resource Division in collaboration with DoFPS organised one day Human Resource Conference in Thimphu. The Conference which was attended by Chief Forestry Officers from various Functional Divisions, National Parks and Territorial Divisions was first of its kind to initiate by the HRD. During the Conference, various issues were discussed and a final Mock Moderation Exercise was also carried out by the Team from the Royal Civil Service Commission. The one day HR Conference for DoFPS successfully ended with the adoption of resolutions.