Gasa: On 25 September at 3:45 pm, the Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP) received a call from Mr. Tshering, Beat In-charge for lower Khamey who reported about a bear being trapped in the snare of Aum Chimi in Kagongmo village. The snare made up of a high tension cable was set up by her husband to trap wild boar who had damaged their paddy fields.
The Hon’ble Minister, Yeshey Dorji, Ministry for Agriculture and Forests & Vice Chair of the National Environment Commission, Royal Government of Bhutan signed the agreement on Asian Forestry Cooperation Organisation (AFoCO) on 13 September 2016 in Seoul, Republic of Korea (ROK).
The AFoCO Agreement was adopted in September 2015 and is housed at the ASEAN ROK Forest Cooperation Secretariat, Seoul. Though the Asian Region is laden with vast forest resources and home to vast species of flora and fauna, the globalisation and technological development is becoming an increasing threat to these natural resources and species. The ROK has taken a daunting step to promote and endorse a sustainable development in the Asian region through AFoCO.
The Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment has documented a report on the sacred sites of Aja Ney in Mongar and Ney Chen Chen Phunyingla in Lhuentse. The report highlights the sacred circumambulatory routes, spiritual significance and traditional belief system used to regulate visits to these sacred sites.
Bumthang: Twenty-two participants from Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and India completed a ten-day regional boot camp on Wildlife study design and data analysis. It was organised at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE), Lamai Goempa which successfully completed on September 23.
The camp was intended for people who are involved in wildlife research using techniques such as presence/absence surveys or mark-capture or those who need to understand the results of this research. It was jointly organised by UWICE and Biodiversity Conservation Society of Sarawak (BCSS), Malaysia.
September 22, Thimphu: A Thai delegation team of 12 members led by His Excellency General Chatchai Sarikulya, Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives (MoAC) of Royal Thai Government met with the Hon’ble Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF), Bhutan. Other attendee included Dasho Secretary and heads from the Departments and Agencies.
The meeting highlighted some of the Thailand-Bhutan joint Agriculture Cooperation’s achievements and future areas for collaborations.