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  • 6th World Wildlife Day observed at Jomotshangkha Wildlife Sanctuary

    The 68th session of United Nations General Assembly declared 3rd March as World Wildlife Day (WWD) to raise the awareness on Wild Fauna and Flora and to address the plight of wildlife worldwide. The day was first commemorated in 2014 and since then Bhutan has been regularly observing the day.

    For this year, the global theme for World Wildlife Day is in line with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, and thus “Life below water: for people and planet” with focus on marine species. Since Bhutan is a landlocked nation with no marine habitats and even lesser aquatic habitats, the day in Bhutan was observed with a theme relevant to our nature of human-wildlife co-existence “Wildlife – The Next Door Neighbour, Enable Harmonious Co-existence”. The day was observed at Minjiwoong Central School under Jomotshangkha Dungkhag, organized by Jomotsangkha Wildlife Sanctuary (JWS) with support from Nature Conservation Division. The day was graced by Chief Dzongkhag Education Officer as a Chief Guest and attended by the Principal, staffs and students of Minjiwoong Central School.

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  • 1st March 2019: The RNR Census 2019 enumeration kicks off

    The enumeration of the RNR Census 2019 has officially begun this morning. The census enumeration period is scheduled from 1-31 March 2019. It will enumerate all entities engaged in RNR activities in all the 205 Gewogs and Thromdes. The census aims to capture information on the structure of the agriculture sector for policy and planning purposes. The enumerators are the Gewog Agriculture/Livestock officials, supervised at the Dzongkhag level by their Sector Heads and nationally coordinated by the RNR Statistics Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.

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  • 5th RBFE inaugurated in Samdrup Jongkhar

    21 February, Samdrup Jongkhar:  His Majesty The King graced the inauguration of the fifth Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition (RBFE) at Tendrelthang. The Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey along with the Royal Family members also graced the event. The Prime Minister, the Ambassador of India to Bhutan and the invitees were also present.

    The exhibition with a theme, ‘Building clean, safe, organised and beautiful living environments for general well-being and happiness’ is dedicated to the Birth Anniversary of His Majesty. It aims to promote floriculture and educate the public on the impact of creating clean, safe, organised and beautiful urban spaces.

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  • Electric fencing proving successful in khoma

    Electric fencing of farmland is gaining popularity among many farmers across the country. They say that electric fence help in reducing crop damages. Therefore, it aids to increase crop cultivation with plethora of diversification. Farmers also spend less time guarding crops and it is helping in the downsizing the fallow land in the area.

    A Babtong village in khoma geog is located around 6km from the geog center and with the funding support from BTFEC through Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary, a total area of 31 Acres belonging to 26 households mostly of paddy field were fenced with electricity in the year 2015. It was almost running three year under operation as of today and no problem been foreseen so far.

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  • New fish and bird species for Bhutan, recorded from Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary (PWS)

    Striped dwarf catfish (Mystus vittatus)

    Kinga Norbu, Forestry Officer

    Distribution

    Striped dwarf catfish is a species of catfish of the family Bagridae. It is found in brackish water systems with marginal vegetation in lakes and swamps with a mud substrate of Asian countries of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and probably Myanmar. However, in PWS it was first recorded in 2017 and consecutively in 2018 in running Singye stream at an elevation of 213 masl (26°46’18.78″N; 90°11’23.83″E). The population is known to be decreasing in recent past, due to catching, pet trading and habitat destruction (IUCN, 2010).

    Morphometrics

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