On 29th May 2016, the Directors of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment signed the second MoU extending their research collaboration for next five years. The day was marked with donation of 15 gps and acceleration sensor collars.These collars will be deployed to study trans-humane and livestock movements... [Read more]
The eighth batch of certificate course in Conservation, Environment and Forestry Studies (September, 2015 - May, 2016), which was conducted at Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE), formally concluded today with the convocation ceremony. The trainees who attended the course were all in-service candidates who work in different regional offices under Natural Resources Development Corporation Limited (NRDCL)... [Read more]
The second batch of “Nature Guiding & Ecotourism course” which began on 3rd March 2016 concluded with the awarding of certificates at the institute on 29th April 2016. The certificate awarding ceremony was graced by Mr. Tshering Tempa, Officiating Director and attended by the faculty and other staff members. Officiating Director, on his keynote address, advised the graduates to make best use of the knowledge and skills they gained through this course in conserving Bhutan’s natural resources and in nature guiding & ecotourism... [Read more]
A lone White-Bellied Heron (Ardea insignis) was sighted for the first time from Jamkhardrang near Gomkora under Tashiyangtse Dzongkhag by the second batch of Nature Guide and Eco-tourism trainees at UWICE during their field excursion on 18th April 2016. It is now another new habitat for the Globally threatened bird in Bhutan. Ap Langa from Jamkhar said "I saw this bird only since last year" and there are also some records of sighting the bird from Sherichhu in Mongar by the villagers... [Read more]
Status Assessments are important to see whether significant data gaps exist for efficient and effective conservation of species. A paper has just been published by UWICE researcher Tashi Dhendup in an attempt to assess the status of Asiatic Golden Cat (Catopuma temminckii) in Bhutan and the need for further studies.
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