• The 14th ISE Congress commences at Bumthang

    IMG_4737The Opening Ceremony of the 14th International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) Congress took place at Ugyen Wangchuck Stadium in Bumthang, Bhutan on 1 June 2014. The objective of the Congress which is held once every two years is to support and promote the critical efforts of indigenous peoples, traditional societies and local communities in the conservation of biological, cultural and linguistic diversity. HRH Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, Guest of Honour, inaugurated the event to a crowd of almost 200 participants from Bhutan and 400 participants representing 56 other countries. The Minister of Agriculture and Forests Lyonpo Yeshi Dorji, Dasho Sangay Wangchuck, Dasho Peljor J. Dorji, Lam Neten and Dasho Dzongdag of Bumthang Dzongkhag, Director General for Department of Forest and Park Services, and other sector heads also attended the Congress ceremony.

    In addition to inaugurating the Congress, HRH Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck launched the Birds of Bhutan Web-app and five new UWICE publications: Wildlife Research Techniques in Rugged Mountainous Asian Landscapes, Field Guide to Primulas of Bhutan, Field Guide to Hesperiidae (Skippers) of Bhutan, Aquatic Biodiversity Assessment and Ecological and Socio-Cultural Significance of High Altitude Wetlands. A final highlight of the Congress Opening was the maiden flight of a conservation drone, which UWICE will use to map forest and snow cover and to monitor forests impacted by fire. UWICE conservation drone and publications were generously funded by the Bhutan Foundation.

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  • The 3rd Jigme Singye Wangchuck Outstanding Environmental Stewardship Award Conferred

    1The 3rd Jigme Singye Wangchuck Outstanding Environmental Stewardship Award (JSW-OESA) was conferred by HRH Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, coinciding with the opening ceremony of the 14th International Society of Ethnobiology Congress. The Forest Protection and Surveillance Team, Department of Forests and Park Services (Ministry of Agriculture and Forests) won the award of Nu. 300,000 (Ngultrum three lakhs) for their dedicated and sincere service to protection of the environment and curbing the illegal wildlife trade in Bhutan. In the past two years―at great risk to their own lives―the team has made six seizures of tiger skin and bones, and a great many seizures of musk pods, bear biles, leopard skins and bones, elephant tusks, live Tokay gecko lizards and other contraband.

    The Jigme Singye Wangchuck Outstanding Environmental Stewardship Award is conferred once every two years. It honours individuals, groups and institutions from all backgrounds for a lifetime of contribution towards ensuring the security and sustainability of Bhutan’s pristine environment. It particularly merits those who have gone beyond the normal call-of-duty in their service towards environmental protection. The Award is a homage to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s selfless service and farsighted leadership. The prize money for this year’s award was granted by the Bhutan Foundation.

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  • Understanding the basics of Climate Change

    28 May, Pemagatshel: A daylong quiz competition on the theme “Understanding the basics of Climate Change”was conducted in Pemagatshel Dzongkhag with the objective to create awareness on the useful information related to climate change. The Information and Communication Services under the Ministry in collaboration with Dzongkhag RNR Sectors such as Agriculture, Livestock and Forests organised the program among 11 geogs. A total of thirty-three farmers participated in the program.

    Participants with Chief Guest and RNR-Sector Heads
    Participants with Chief Guest and RNR-Sector Heads

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  • Three days Pre-Congress International Student’s workshop for emerging Ethnobiologists

    Workshop in progress
    Workshop in progress

    27–30 May, Lobesa: The three days Pre-Congress International Student’s workshop was held in College of Natural Resources (CNR), Lobesa to train the future generations on methods and ethics to enable respectful research and to establish a sense of global community among the emerging ethno-biologist and mentors.

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  • Establishment of new AI centre at Dophuchen Geog

    The Chief Guest was the Dasho Drungpa of Dophuchen Drungkhag
    The Chief Guest was the Dasho Drungpa of Dophuchen Drungkhag

    28 May 2014, Samtse: To realise better livestock breed and to enhance diary production in the area, a new Artificial Insemination (AI) centre was formally launched at Dophuchen/Dorokha Geog. With this establishment, Samtse Dzongkhag has now 10 Artificial Insemination Centres. The new centre was initiated by the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector with technical supports from various stakeholders under the Department of Livestock. The key objective of introducing the AI Centre in the Drungkhag is to increase the dairy production through inseminating the desired and better breed semen to improve the cattle breed thereby strengthening the dairy farming activity to boost the income of the rural farmers.

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