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  • PRESS RELEASE “IHR-PVS National Bridging Workshop” 13 – 15th March 2018 Tashi Namgay Resort, Paro

    The health of humans and animals is interlinked and majority of emerging, re-emerging, and endemic human diseases have their origins in animals, and diseases of animals can have additional implications for human health through food safety and food security. More than 60% known human pathogens originate from animals and about 75% emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic in nature. Therefore, there is a shared responsibility and synergic potential for collaboration between public and animal health sectors in the efforts to combat zoonotic diseases.

    The Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Health and Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests are jointly organizing National IHR-PVS Bridging Workshop from 13 to 15 March 2017 in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) at Tashi Namgay Resort, Paro. The main objective of the National Bridging Workshop is to provide opportunity for both human and animal health services to review current collaboration gaps in key technical areas and to develop a joint road-map of corrective measures and strategic investments to improve the work at the animal-human interface in the prevention, detection and control of zoonotic diseases.

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  • ePest surveillance application in google Playstore

    The ePest surveillance app is android based application which is maintained by the National Plant Protection Centre (NPPC), Department of Agriculture, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests. The main purpose is to collect and share real-time information on pests of Agricultural crops and send data via internet. It is connected to a central server that will allow rapid data entry, collation and analysis, and makes the data reports available in real time to the participating Gewogs, Dzongkhags and Research Centres. Any desired combination of qualitative and quantitative outputs can be generated, that may be used to develop strategic pest management plans. As the system gathers and store information for any given time period, it will allow the  to study the trend of pests occurrence with reference to contributing factors such as climate change and changing crop production system. The trend in pest occurrence under variable climatic conditions will enable us to develop pest forecasting and Early Warning system.  The application is compatible with android version 6 and above only.

    The application was developed with financial assistance from FAO TCP project: Strengthening of the e-agriculture environment and developing ICT-mediated agricultural solutions for countries in Asia-Pacific. 

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  • World Wildlife Day celebrated

    March 3, Thimphu: Bhutan celebrated the fifth World Wildlife Day with a theme ‘Big cats: predators under threat’. March 3, was declared as the World Wildlife Day at the 68th Session of UN General Assembly.

    The day was celebrated at Dodheyna Park Range under Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP). It was attended by 55 students from five schools accompanied by teachers under Thimphu Thromde. The chief guest was the Director, Tiger along with guests from WWF Bhutan Office and officials from the Department of Forests and Park Services.

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  • Marking World Wildlife Day

    The World Wildlife Day is celebrated every year on March 3 to celebrate and raise awareness on world’s flora and fauna coinciding with adoption day of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). It was conceived on 20 December 2013 at the 68th session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to reaffirm the intrinsic value of wildlife and its various contributions, including ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic, to sustainable development and human well-being. The theme this year for World Wildlife Day is “Big cats: predators under threat”.

    With majestic manes and powerful roars, big cats are on the top of the food chain, where they play an important ecological role by regulating prey populations and structuring animal communities. They also have high spiritual significance in different cultures around the world and are referred with special honours. However, the big-cats are taking strain from growing human population, habitat destruction for agricultural, urban expansion and developmental activities, poaching and persecution due to conflict with humans over crops or livestock.

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  • Stakeholders discussed National Highland Flagship Program

    A consultative meeting on National Highland Flagship Program was held on February 27 to seek endorsement of its concept note and agreement on forming a technical working group.

    The program is the first among flagship programs to reach the final stage of implementation. Flagship programs are major means to achieve the NKRA besides AKRAs and LGKRAs. The programs involve multi–sector interventions to address key national issues; therefore, the Royal Government places high priority to these programs. As a strategic approach to addressing issues and challenges, the broad interventions shall take place under eight thematic areas: policy, education, health, energy, communication, livelihood, and tradition and culture.

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