The Bhutan Biodiversity Portal (www.biodiversity.bt) has been gaining popularity among the biodiversity enthusiast and nature lovers nationally and internationally. The observations (photos, videos, documents, & audios) has increased drastically since its launch in December 2013. Currently, the observations stands at more than 59,000 observations, more than 130 documents related to biodiversity and more than 1,500 registered users. This open source platform which is based on citizen science participation and interactions with taxonomic experts aims to document Bhutan’s rich biodiversity, which still remains largely undocumented. The data in the portal are open access and are accessible to everyone.
With an aim to create awareness among the citizens, workshop on Bhutan Biodiversity Portal was conducted from 27th to 31st July 2018 to the officials of Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary head quarter and Sakteng Range Office considering the rich biodiversity the sanctuary devour. Workshop was also conducted to more than 200 students including lecturers of Sherubtse College, Kanglung.
This workshop is a series of awareness programs conducted around the country targeting the areas with rich biodiversity, and interested agencies and individuals. Portal is a consortium based platform comprising Department of Forests and Park Services represented by Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research and Nature Conservation Division; Royal University of Bhutan represented by College of Natural Resources; Information, Communication and Technology Division, MoAF; WWF-Bhutan; and National Biodiversity Centre as secretariat to the consortium.
Workshops were organized by the National Biodiversity Centre, Serbithang with funding support from Royal Government of Bhutan and WWF-Bhutan program.
–National Biodiversity Centre