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 34rd Board Meeting held on 14 December 2012, the following four projects have been approved for the grant cycle of December 2012 to May 2013:
1. National Forest Inventory Data Collection from Western Region (FRMD). 2. Bhutan’s National Animal Takin Migration, to document its distribution, population status, ecology and behavior (UWICE) 3. Fish Fauna Assessment: Study on Species Composition and Distribution of Fish in Bhutan’s Three Major River Basins-National Coldwater Fishery Center, MoAF, 4. Enhancing Environmental Education in Formal Education in Bhutan, RSPN (Some policy related conditions apply for this grant).
Under the “Sustainable Financing of Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management”, as a retro-active financing from GEF 5 STAR, a project on Natural Resource Management in Highlands for sustainable livelihood and green economy has been approved. (DoF/DoL, MoAF)
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.
Ludlow’s Bhutan Swallowtail (Bhutanitis ludlowi) is a species of butterfly in the family Papilionidae. It belongs to the subfamily Parnasiinae which also contains the Apollo butterflies.
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.
WBH in Flight Pan
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.