• “Glimpses of Bhutan Biodiversity” launched


    19 December, Samtse: His Excellency Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Minister for Ministry of Agriculture and Forests launched a photographic book “Glimpses of Bhutan Biodiversity” at the opening session of the Third Forestry Conference held at Samtse. The book is an attempt to capture the rich biodiversity of Bhutan’s forest resources through the lenses of the Bhutanese foresters.

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  • Launch of the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal

    The Bhutan Biodiversity Portal (www.biodiversity.bt ) was officially launched on 17th December, 2013 by Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests at Namgay Heritage Hotel, Thimphu. The launch was attended by Dasho Paljor J. Dorji, President of the Bhutan Ecological Society and Special Advisor to the National Environment Commission, Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen, Honourable Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Director General, DoA, Executive Director, BAFRA, Program Director, ICS, and heads of the agencies within and outside MoAF including Director, WWF-Bhutan, Director, RSPN and, representatives from all the key biodiversity agencies in the country.

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  • Sanam Lyonpo Calls for Greater Collaboration to Control Emerging Diseases

    December 9, 2013: The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji addressed the closing of the “South Asia Regional One Health Symposium” on 6th December, 2013 at Paro. In his address, he said that, “we live in a region where emerging animal and zoonotic diseases continue to pose serious challenges to our people’s livelihoods, human health and food security.” Given the economic situation, lack of resources and increasing human population, it would be costly for countries to control emerging diseases in isolation and therefore “ a collaborative approach at all level is needed” said the Lyonpo.

    The Hon’ble Lyonpo urged the participants to use the “One Health Concept” as a strategic tool and guiding principle to deal with and respond to zoonotic diseases. Lyonpo said that the countries would be in better position to deal with emerging diseases if resources and expertise available with human and animal health sectors are shared.  He said that the symposium was timely and appropriate given the urgency to institute and operationalise the One Health Initiative in the Region. The South Asia Regional One Health Symposium was organized jointly by Massey University, New Zealand in collaboration with Department of Livestock, MoAF and Department of Public Health, MoH at Hotel Zhiwaling, Paro from 2-6 December, 2013.

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  • Chief Representative JICA Bhutan Office visits JICA Assisted Agriculture Programs in southern and eastern Bhutan

    JICA Chief Representative visit to an Vegetable Outreach Site, Yurbi Lhuentse

    Ms. Yumiko Asakuma, Chief Representative of the JICA Bhutan Office visited JICA Assisted Agriculture Development Programs in the eastern Region w.e.f 24th November to 28th November, 2013 accompanied by JICA Experts, counterparts from RNR RDC Wengkhar and Dzongkhag Agriculture Sectors.

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