Sem­i­nar en­cour­ages study of in­ver­te­brates in Bhutan

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The Na­tional Bio­di­ver­sity Cen­tre (NBC) in Ser­bithang, Thim­phu, con­ducted a day-long sem­i­nar on 5 April at the Col­lege of Nat­u­ral Re­sources (CNR) in Lobesa, Pu­nakha.

The sem­i­nar on in­ver­te­brates, par­tic­u­larly drag­on­flies and dam­sel­flies, and pol­li­na­tion was aimed at cre­at­ing aware­ness and to mo­ti­vate the stu­dents and lec­tures to study in­ver­te­brates.

The pre­sen­ta­tion on drag­on­flies and dam­sel­flies in­cluded life his­tory, ecol­ogy, ap­pli­ca­tion and tax­on­omy of the in­sects which largely re­main as un­der­stud­ied bio­di­ver­sity groups in the coun­try.

The dis­cus­sion on pol­li­na­tion was aimed at im­part knowl­edge and cre­at­ing aware­ness on the im­por­tance of pol­li­na­tors, es­pe­cially in the agri­cul­tural and hor­ti­cul­tural farm­lands.

The eco­nomic value of pol­li­na­tion was es­ti­mated at about 40 mil­lion US dol­lars with a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion of the value from the car­damom cul­ti­va­tion.

The sem­i­nar was or­ga­nized as part of ed­u­ca­tional out­reach ac­tiv­i­ties, to cre­ate aware­ness and in­spire stu­dents in the col­leges and schools.

The team con­sist­ing of man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, a drag­on­fly sci­en­tist, Hon­orary Con­sul of Bhutan to the Nether­lands and an of­fi­cial from the NBC pre­sented on drag­on­flies and dam­sel­flies, and pol­li­na­tion stud­ies.

The sem­i­nar also briefed more than 100 stu­dents and a few lec­tur­ers on the ben­e­fits of us­ing Bhutan’s bio­diver- sity por­tal.

The sem­i­nar saw par­tic­i­pants from var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions in­volved as part­ners, in­clud­ing CNR, Sherubtse Col­lege, Ugyen Wangchuck In­sti­tute of Con­ser­va­tion and En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­search (UWICER), and Na­tional Plant Pro­tec­tion Cen­tre (NPPC) in Thim­phu.

The collaborative project, in­volv­ing many in­sti­tu­tions, was ex­pected to strengthen the link­ages be­tween the in­sti­tu­tions, es­pe­cially be­tween the in­sti­tu­tions in­volved in the project in Bhutan.

The in­ver­te­brate project was led by the NBC in Bhutan and the Nat­u­ralis Bio­di­ver­sity Cen­tre in the Nether­lands.

The project on in­ver­te­brates in Bhutan is be­ing ad­min­is­tered and co­or­di­nated by NBC and other stake­hold­ers.

The project aims to en­hance the fa­cil­i­ties for the study of Bhutanese bio­di­ver­sity to in­crease the knowl­edge of Bhutanese in­ver­te­brate fauna and to train Bhutanese coun­ter­parts.

Cur­rently, it fo­cuses on five bio­di­ver­sity groups such as Hy­menoptera, Odo­nata, Lepi­doptera, Coleoptera and Mol­luscs.

The project was funded by Bhutan Trust Fund for En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion and co-fi­nanced by Nat­u­ralis Bio­di­ver­sity Cen­tre in the Nether­lands.

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