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He has gone beyond his call of duty and set examples for many. From rediscovering Bhutanโ€™s national butterfly to publishing books on butterflies and moths, Karma Wangdi has done it all in an effort to conserve the butterflies. In recognition of his contribution, he was awarded the Jigme Singyeโ€ฆ
As a migratory bird, conserving the black-necked crane is a challenge for the countries which are home to the majestic bird. And it calls for collaboration at the global level to protect it. The bird listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature is distributed overโ€ฆ
The Begonia species, new to the world is discovered after thorough investigation of herbarium specimens collected in 2020 and living plant observed at Menchuna, Toebpisa Gewog under Punakha Dzongkhag by Phub Gyeltshen and his team. They also documented Begonia picta, Begonia rex, Begonia roxburghiiโ€ฆ
On the International Day for Biological Diversity; the National Environment Commission Secretariat and UNDP Bhutan presented biodiversity awareness video "We are Biodiversity " to emphasize that we all need to work towards the theme of the day " Building a Shared Future for all" https://youtu.beโ€ฆ
A rare fern species ( Pteris griffithii ) is recorded for the first time in Bhutan. The article was published recently in the Korean Journal of Plant Taxonomy.
A new aquatic snail species named as Erhaia norbui is discovered from Uesu, Haa at 2700 meters above sea level. The study paper is published in the ZooKeys February 2022 issue . The shell is pale greyish with a globular body whorl and a roundish aperture. The tiny snail was discovered and collectedโ€ฆ
Bhutan added a new bird species to its list of new sightings. Common Chaffinch, a bird, the size of a sparrow was sighted for the first time in the country on 22nd February, 2022. A staff of the World Wildlife Fund, Bhutan spotted the solitary bird at Kabisa in Thimphu. Many bird experts in theโ€ฆ
A Begonia species, new to the world is discovered after investigation of an old herbarium specimens at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The species was discovered from Zhemgang by Phub Gyeltshen, a Forest Science student at College of Natural Resources, Royal University of Bhutan ; Mark Hughesโ€ฆ

The National Assembly concluded deliberations on the Biodiversity Bill of Bhutan 2021 yesterday and will adopt it today.

The Biodiversity Bill of Bhutan 2021 aims to strengthen focus on conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. It also ensures that people and communities will have access

The first part of UN Biodiversity Conference (COP-15) was held virtually from 11 to 15 October, 2021. The conference opened with the transfer of the Presidency of the Conference of the Parties by Egypt to the Peopleโ€™s Republic of China.The Conference which also included a High-Level Segment saw theโ€ฆ
The National Environment Commission Secretariat as the national focal agency to Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organized a two day national stakeholder consultation workshop from 18-19th August, 2021 to discuss the draft Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework that is currently beingโ€ฆ
Asiatic Golden Cat (Catopuma temminckii) is one of the widely distributed wildcat species in Bhutan from lower subtropics to areas above 3,000m. It is one of the largest of all the other small cats geographically distributed over South Asia (Nepal, Bhutan, and North-Eastern India) through parts ofโ€ฆ
Three new species of moths discovered from Bhutan by Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research , Inchoen National University (South Korea) and the Naturalis Biodiversity Center (The Netherlands). For more details, visit the link below: Click here
Euaspa motokii , Koiwaya, 2002, a newly recorded butterfly species from Bhutan. Its known distribution range extended from Kachin State of Myanmar to eastern Arunachal Pradesh and is now further extended to the Himalayan foothills of central Bhutan. Currently, Bhutan has two Euaspa species, pavo andโ€ฆ
The Samtse Forest Division recently recorded the first sighting of an adult male tiger at an altitude of 2,775 meters above sea level (mass)
Samtse forest division recently recorded the first sighting of an adult male tiger in a remote camera trap at an altitude of 2,775 meters above sea level (masl). The officiating chief forestry officer, Sonam Wangchuk, said that although the dzongkhag did not record even a single sighting in theโ€ฆ
The Flora of Bhutan describes a total of 46 species out of which 45 are known to be occurring in Bhutan. The book describes Rhododendron pogonophyllum as a rare endemic plant to Bhutan. Subsequent publication of the book โ€œPlants Endemic to Bhutan Himalayaโ€ by the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC)โ€ฆ
Her Majesty graced the commemoration of World Environment Day 5th June 2021 Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen graced an event to commemorate World Environment Day, which is observed globally on June 5 every year. Her Majesty launched 4 significant National Actions for the environment: Bhutanโ€™s Secondโ€ฆ
Commemorating Birth Anniversary of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, 4th June 2021 In honor of Her Majesty the Gyaltsuenโ€™s Birthday and in the run up to the World Environment Day, 5th June 2021, the National Environment Commission (NEC) in collaboration with Thimphu Thromde celebrated the day by carryingโ€ฆ
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This year the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) is โ€œ Weโ€™re part of the solution โ€. The theme has been chosen as a continuation of the momentum generated last year under the theme, โ€œOur solutions are in natureโ€, which served as a reminder that biodiversity remains theโ€ฆ
The World Environment Day is coming up on June 5

The World Environment Day is coming up on June 5. The ecosystems across the world support life on our planet and time is precious now. With the coronavirus pandemic going on for over a year, everything has taken a backseat and generation of plastic waste has increased. The State of Finance for

The deadline to submit nominations for the AEWA Waterbird Conservation Award 2021 has been extended to 10 July 2021. The award will be presented to one institution and one individual at the opening ceremonies of the 8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the AEWA ( #MOP8 ). "Institutions andโ€ฆ
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To mark the international Biodiversity day, the Biodiversity Interpretation Centre, a one-stop hub for Bhutanโ€™s biodiversity was inaugurated at National Biodiversity Center (NBC) . The centre is expected to educate and inspire a love of nature, provide an interactive learning forum and raiseโ€ฆ
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Assessing needs and opportunities for a regional ambition

The overall aim of the workshop is to support Parties in developing and implementing national plans on the restoration of forests and other ecosystems in the context of the short-term action plan on ecosystem restoration.ย  Participating