• ESM Framework for BFL online- Public Disclosure

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests is pleased to publicly re-disclose the Environment and Social Management (ESM) Framework for Bhutan for Life (BFL) Project. This will be the basis for specifying the procedures and guidelines for assessing the potential environmental and social impacts of the financed sub-projects.

    All the entities of National parks and Biological Corridors are requested to communicate the ESM Framework to the communities and stakeholders under their respective jurisdiction.

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  • MoAF to implement the Strategic Plan for RNR Statistics

    The Strategic Plan for Renewable Natural Resources Statistics (SPRNRS) has been developed in compliance to the roadmap, preceded by an In-depth Country Assessment of the National System for RNR Statistics in Bhutan (IdCA). The IdCA identified that the existing RNR statistical system is characterized by gaps in information quality, inconsistency in data, inadequate availability and accessibility to users and inadequate human and technological capacity to meet user requirements. Therefore, the purpose of this strategy plan is to provide a framework and methodology that will enhance the quality and availability of RNR statistics to guide policy analysis and informed decision making.

    The implementation of SP-RNRS is expected to bring about transformational change of the current state of RNR statistics – characterized by gaps in information quality – to a system that meets the requirement of relevant users, producing statistics of good quality and coverage being managed by appropriate professionals with good statistical capacity through application of modern technological tools. The SPRNRS is approved and endorsed by the RNR-GNHC in June 2018, the highest decision-making body in the MoAF.

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  • World Ranger Day Celebrated

    Thimphu, 31 July: World Ranger Day is observed annually by the International Ranger Federation’s (IRF) Member Associations, the Thin Green Line Foundation and by organisations and individuals who support and acknowledge the work of forestry rangers worldwide. The day also commemorates the forestry rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and celebrates the critical work rangers to protect our natural treasures.

    The first World Ranger Day was observed in 2007 on the 15th anniversary of the founding of IRF. Founded in 1992, IRF is a non-profit organisation that helps to raise understanding and supports the crucial work that the world’s park rangers do in preserving natural and cultural heritage. The IRF aims to empower rangers by supporting their national or state organisations or assisting in the establishment of local ranger associations in countries where they do not currently exist. IRF is governed by an elected international executive committee elected every three years at the World Ranger Congress.

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  • Bhutan For Life Secretariat Office launched

    Thimphu, July 31: The Hon’ble Lyonchhoen Dasho Tshering Tobgay and Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji launched the secretariat office for Bhutan For Life (BFL) project at the WWF Bhutan office.

    The launch was a symbolic inauguration to celebrate the opening of the secretariat office which will manage the BFL fund -a USD $43 million fund that will permanently manage Bhutan’s network protected areas.

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  • Invitation – Application for Fleming Fund Fellowship

    The UK Government’s Department of Health and Social Care has established the Fleming Fund to respond to the global threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The aim of the Fleming Fund is to address critical gaps in surveillance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, which are set to bear the highest burden of antibiotic-resistant infections.

    The Fleming Fund Grants Programme provides financial support to strengthen capacity gaps identified in the National Action Plans of the participating countries. Support is provided via three funding channels, over a five-year period from 2017 to 2021:

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