Seminar encourages study of invertebrates in Bhutan
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.