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  • Marking World Wildlife Day

    Untitled-1The World Wildlife Day is celebrated every year on March 3 to celebrate and raise awareness on world’s flora and fauna coinciding with adoption day of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). It was conceived on 20 December 2013 at the 68th session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to reaffirm the intrinsic value of wildlife and its various contributions, including ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic, to sustainable development and human well-being. The theme this year for World Wildlife Day is “Big cats: predators under threat”.

    With majestic manes and powerful roars, big cats are on the top of the food chain, where they play an important ecological role by regulating prey populations and structuring animal communities. They also have high spiritual significance in different cultures around the world and are referred with special honours. However, the big-cats are taking strain from growing human population, habitat destruction for agricultural, urban expansion and developmental activities, poaching and persecution due to conflict with humans over crops or livestock.

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  • Stakeholders discussed National Highland Flagship Program

    The meeting in progressA consultative meeting on National Highland Flagship Program was held on February 27 to seek endorsement of its concept note and agreement on forming a technical working group.

    The program is the first among flagship programs to reach the final stage of implementation. Flagship programs are major means to achieve the NKRA besides AKRAs and LGKRAs. The programs involve multi–sector interventions to address key national issues; therefore, the Royal Government places high priority to these programs. As a strategic approach to addressing issues and challenges, the broad interventions shall take place under eight thematic areas: policy, education, health, energy, communication, livelihood, and tradition and culture.

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  • National Workshop held to celebrate Himalica’s work in Bhutan

    26 February, Paro: In what attributes to be a space for rural innovation, fifty two change agents participated in the knowledge sharing process in the form of a National Workshop on Building Resilient Livelihoods.A50X8891 The workshop shared experiences and lesson learned from the European Union-funded “Support to Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalaya” (Himalica) program” implemented by ICIMOD together with the MoAF and Tsirang Dzongkhag in Bhutan.

    Dasho Rinzin Dorji, Secretary, MoAF, who is also the Chair of ICIMOD Board of Governors shared that “Himalica is one of the successful projects in Bhutan and there is much to learn from it for building resilience, given that the climate change is real. Himalica has also contributed to the overarching national goals”. He urged all participants to leave no stone unturned for recommending simple and effective solutions for up scaling and out scaling through 12th five year plan with inbuilt sustainability.

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  • Third Technical Working Group meeting for SPCR

    1February 14-15, Paro: The Watershed Management Division organised the Third Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting for the Scoping Study on Water Source Drying Up at Metta resort, Paro. The two days’ workshop discussed on the overall technical framework, criteria for site selection, workplan for 2018-2019 and collaborations with ICIMOD for technical support.

    RGOB་ has received a grant of USD 1.5 million in support of the preparation of the Strategic Program for Climate Resilience. This Preparatory Project Scoping Study on Water Sources Drying-Up is one of the five technical Projects approved for the Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience (SPCR).

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