• Social Forestry Day celebrated with the theme “Plant Trees for Green Bhutan”

    HE Lyonchhen speaking on Social Forestry Day 2014  at Chuzom
    HE Lyonchhen speaking on Social Forestry Day 2014 at Chuzom

    2nd June, Chuzom: The 2nd June Social Forestry Day was celebrated by a Mass Tree Plantation along the Thimphu/Paro/Chukha Highway at Chuzom, today. The theme for the day was “Plant Trees for Green Bhutan” The inaugural planting was graced by His Excellency the Prime Minister of Bhutan, and Managing Director and  staff of Punatsangchhu, the Dzongdas of Paro, Thimphu, Chukha and Haa, Desungs and over 350 volunteers and forests officials  from the four dzongkhags. They planted about 3000 willow stumps and 200 seedlings of various species along the Thimphu/Paro/Chukha highway.

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  • UWICE celebrates June Second with HRH Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck

    HRH Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck plants a tree on the UWICE grounds
    HRH Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck plants a tree on UWICE grounds

    2 June, Bumthang. Her Royal Highness Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, Minister of Agriculture and Forests Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Dasho Sangay Wangchuck, NEC Advisor Dasho Paljor J. Dorji, Bumthang Dzongdag and other dignitaries celebrated Social Forestry Day at Ugyen Wangchuck Institute of Conservation and Environment (UWICE).

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  • Wangdue Dzongkhag Celebrates Social Forestry Day

    DzFO reading out the message of MoAF Lyonpo on Social Forestry Day
    DzFO reading out the message of MoAF Lyonpo on Social Forestry Day

    As a tribute to His Majesty’s concerns and contributions towards the preservation of our natural environment, June 2nd has been marked as Social Forestry Day in coinciding with Coronation Day of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

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  • 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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