05 April 2017: A seminar on invertebrates particularly dragonflies and damselflies, and pollination was held for more than 100 students including a few lecturers at the College of Natural Resources in Lobesa. This seminar aimed at creating awareness and to motivate the students and lecturers to take interest on the study of invertebrates in Bhutan, which largely remains as understudied biodiversity groups.The seminar dragonflies and damselflies included life history, ecology, applications, and taxonomy.
The seminar on pollination also imparted knowledge and awareness of importance of pollinators especially in the agricultural and horticultural farmlands. The economic value of pollination was estimated at around 40 million US dollars, with a major contribution of the value from the cardamom cultivations.
This seminar is the part of educational outreach activities, to create awareness and inspire students in the colleges and schools. The invertebrate project is being led by the National Biodiversity Centre, Bhutan and the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, The Netherlands. Various institutions are involved as partner, such as the College of Natural Resources (CNR), Sherubtse College, Ugyen Wangchuck Institute of Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER), and National Plant Protection Centre (NPPC) in Thimphu.
This kind of collaborative project involving many institutions, has strengthened the linkages between the institutions especially with the institutions involved in this project in Bhutan. The participants were also briefed about the benefits of using the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal (www.biodiversity.bt).
Seminars on dragonflies and damselflies, and pollination study were presented, the team consisted of Managing Director, Scientific Director, dragonfly scientist, and Honorary Consul of Bhutan to The Netherlands and an official from the National Biodiversity Centre in Thimphu. This project is being funded by Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conversation and co-financing from the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, The Netherlands.
National Biodiversity Centre, Serbithang, Thimphu
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