The Management Board, during it’s 36th meeting held on 3rd December 2013, approved Nu. 73.063 million from January 2014 to support seven projects; three from BTFEC’s regular funding and four from GEF-The World Bank. The latter four projects were formally launched by H.E. Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Minister for Agriculture and Forests on 15 January 2014. For details please click [press release 2014]
The Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation (BTFEC) has received a grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) that is administered by the World Bank and intends to apply part of the proceeds of this grant for consulting services. For Details click [REOI - fund raising strategy]
As required by the GEF Strategy under GEF 5 STAR “Improve Sustainability of Protected Area Systems” which supports the objectives of improving the sustainability of the protected areas located in the high altitude northern areas (HANAS) landscape of Bhutan and improving the long-term financial sustainability of these protected areas, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment covering three protected areas was conducted during 2012. The executive summary of the report translated in national language (Dzongkha) and the main report is being made public through this website for comments. For project details, please click the links given below:
ESIA ExecutiveSummary (English)
ESIA executive Summary (Dzongkha)
Bhutan SFBCNRM ESAMF (English)
This is to inform prospective grantees the deadline for submission of proposal for next cycle, (i.e for September 2013 review) is 31 May 2013. Any proposals received after 31 May 2013 will not be reviewed for the September cycle.
During the 35th Board Meeting held on 28 May 2013, the following five projects have been approved for implementation from July 2013:
1. The Establishment of Langjophakha Greenery Park, Phase II (NRED, DoFPs), 2. Integrating Payment for Ecosystem Services and REDD+ in Bhutan (WMD, DoFPs), 3. Conservation of Native Tree Species through Nursery Development at Samtenling Palace (Office of the Gyelopoi Zimpone), 4. Securing Rangeland Soil Carbon through Community-based Yak Herding within Thrumshingla National Park (DoL, MoAFs), and 5. Examine Dietary pattern of Asiatic Elephant in correlation to crop raiding in the sub-tropical region of Bhutan.
A team of Researchers from Wildlife Conservation Division and Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Environment and Conservation together with with the Butterfly Society of Japan (BSJ) and NHK Japan sighted some mating pairs of B. ludlowi at Bumdelling Wildlife Sanctuary.
The sighting also revealed considerable biological information about B. ludlowi Its hostplant is Aristolochia griffithi, which is also utilised as a hostplant by other Bhutanitis taxa. Bhutanitis ludlowi eggs are smaller than in other Bhutanitis and are laid on top of each other in a stacked pile arrangement. Video footage of live adults show that their flight is rapid with a deep wingbeat and frequent gliding. The forewings provide all propulsion, while the hindwings are unpowered during normal flight and trail behind the butterfly. Unlike many swallowtail butterflies, B. ludlowi does not continuously flutter its wings while feeding. Viburnum cylindricum flowers were the most commonly used adult food source.
Bhutanitis ludlowi was known from five specimens collected in Bhutan during 1933-1934 by the botanists Frank Ludlow and George Sheriff. Four of these specimens were referred to in the type description, which contained little information on the species’ biology other than they were collected at an altitudinal range of 2000-2200 metres in forest.
The first ever captive breed of White-bellied Heron was released on 17th September, 2011 marking a huge success of the research program. The Heron was released from its flight pan in presence of environmentalists and other stakeholders.
It was observed that the Heron remained around the captive site for a day and flew off to upstream place of Punatshangchhu. The heron was not observed for few days but soon reappeared around the river belt.
The Heron was fitted with a solar portable Teletransmitter which will relay the location of the Heron’s migration places.
The Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation has invested in the documentary production of the White-bellied Heron and will be soon released.