World Water Day celebrated with announcement of Wild River BioBlitz

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Thursday 22 March 2018 is World Water Day with the theme “Nature for Water” and to celebrate, the National Biodiversity Centre is pleased to announce the Wild River BioBlitz.

“We are encouraging everybody to take photographs of wildlife they see in and around our rivers and to upload these images to the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal. You might be surprised at what you find if you look – fish, birds, dragonflies, many species of plants and more,“ said Ms. Sangay Dema, Principal Biodiversity Officer at NBC.

“We have a network of experts on hand to help identify observations made as part of the Wild River BioBlitz. A new spider was discovered by citizen science as part of a recent BioBlitz in Australia. We are excited by what members of the public might find.”

“By entering the Wild Rivers BioBlitz you can win great prizes, learn about Bhutan’s biodiversity and contribute to science!” said Ms. Danielle Northey, Australian Volunteer at NBC.

NBC has teamed up with WWF Bhutan to offer great prizes for the champion observer, the best species find and the best photograph.

All photographs submitted as part of the Wild River BioBlitz will contribute to the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal which is a central official repository of information about Bhutan’s biodiversity.

Dr.Tashi Yangzome Dorji, Program Director, NBC said “Every contribution counts! Your contribution will stay in the national repository for eternity and contribute towards long term conservation policy decisions and actions”.

The portal has the ability to accept species observations from citizen science, for example, photographs submitted as part of the Wild River BioBlitz, but also observations and species information collected as part of scientific research.

To ensure the long-term integrity of Bhutan’s river ecosystems and the sustainability of their services in the context of the country’s economic development, funding was recently provided by the World Bank and WWF Bhutan to develop additional features and fields to accommodate aquatic biodiversity data in the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal.

World Water Day is an annual international event which focuses attention on the importance of universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. The day also advocates the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Ms. Sonam Choden, WWF Bhutan’s Freshwater Practice Lead said “Bhutan’s rivers, which flows into the Brahmaputra basin in neighbouring India, are part of a network of rivers emanating from Asia’s “water towers” that provide water for one-fifth of the world’s population.”

“It is vital that we care for the health of our river systems and that we conduct scientific research and collate biodiversity data to ensure that our aquatic resources are managed sustainably, using science based information. One way everybody can help is to contribute information to the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal” she said.

The Wild River BioBlitz will run throughout April 2018. To participate, register with the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal at Further information about the Wild River BioBlitz is available at

April’s Wild River BioBlitz!

Monday, March 19th, 2018

For the month of April 2018 the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal has teamed up with WWF Bhutan  to run the Wild River BioBlitz!

  • Win great prizes. 
  • Learn about Bhutan’s amazing aquatic wildlife.
  • Contribute to Bhutan’s growing repository of biodiversity information.


Upload your photographs of any wildlife you see in and around Bhutan’s rivers:

  • Birds
  • Fish
  • Insects
  • Plants
  • Others


For your chance to win one of:

  • Kaadoo: Explore Bhutan Wilderness (Bhutan’s first wildlife board game!) (3 to be won)
  • Set of five fabulous Bhutan invertebrate field guides (3 to be won)
  • Cool WWF t-shirts and caps

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Champion observer – Most number of observations submitted
  • Best find – Rarest/most unusual observation
  • Best photograph

Get involved

  • Register to the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal at
  • Select “Contribute” and then “Add observation”. Note, many users find it easier to contribute observations using the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal mobile app.
  • Upload your photograph/s of aquatic wildlife.
  • Select the Aquatic icon under Habitat to ensure you are in the running for the Wild River BioBlitz.
  • Try to identify the species or select the option for an expert to help.
  • Submit your observation.

Further information

For further information please contact Ms. Sangay Dema, Principal Biodiversity Officer at the National Biodiversity Centre, email or telephone 02 351 417.

More BioBlitzes coming!

Each month between April and June 2018 the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal will run a new BioBlitz with a different theme. Participate in all of them to win great prizes, learn about Bhutan’s biodiversity and contribute to science!

Rules for Wild River BioBlitz

Competition Period – Start and End Time

The April 2018 Wild River BioBlitz will start on 1st April and run until 30th April. Observations must be submitted within this period to be eligible.

Winners will be announced as soon as possible on this website. Winners will be notified using the email address provided upon registering for the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal.

Observations – Eligibility

Observations must be submitted during the competition period.

The Bhutan Biodiversity Portal will accept just about any observation of a living organism. However, we may not accept an observation if we consider it “not suitable” for biodiversity records.

For the protection of wildlife, players are discouraged from disturbing the habitats of any species.

Contributors are also encouraged not to provide the exact location of the observation if the species is deemed threatened or endangered.


Please stay safe and follow these guidelines:

  • Do not use your mobile phone while driving a vehicle.
  • Stand still when you are using your mobile phone.
  • Do not touch wildlife dead, injured or alive unless you are trained to do so.
  • Never feed or lure wildlife with food.
  • Do not disturb wildlife or wildlife habitats such as nests.
  • Give dangerous animals plenty of space.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Wear a hat and sunscreen.
  • Make sure somebody knows where you are at all times.


Prizes will be awarded at the discretion of Bhutan Biodiversity Portal staff in the following categories:

  • Champion observer – Most number of observations submitted
  • Best find – Rarest/most unusual observation
  • Best photograph

A Bhutan Biodiversity Portal user will not be awarded more than one prize. That is, if they are determined, through the rules outlined above, to have won more than one prize category, they will receive the prize that’s total retail value is more expensive, and be deemed ineligible for the other prize(s). The other prize(s) will be awarded to the user(s) who are determined to be next in line.


Monday, March 19th, 2018

The National Biodiversity Centre, Serbithang is pleased to invite sealed bids from eligible supplier for the supply of Garden Secature lab accessories of BP program, under NBC, Serbithang.

The tender documents can be downloaded from the link provided below:

Last date of submission: not later than 11am on 3rd April, 2018

Opening date: 11:30am on same day.

For detail, contact: 02-351417/350268

Lab accessories of BP

Letter of Intent of Award for construction work at RBGS, National Biodiversity Centre.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

The Royal Botanical Garden, under National Biodiversity Centre, Serbithang would like to issue the “Letter of Intent to Award Contract” for the construction of water tank and pipeline, drainage, fish pond, maintenance and compound lighting work.

Please click here to download the letter of intent.letter of intent

Re- Invitation of quotation

Friday, February 9th, 2018

The National Biodiversity Centre, Serbithang would like to invite quotation for catering services for the fiscal year 2017-2018 from the eligible caterer.

The tender document can be downloaded from the link below:

Last date of submission: 28th February, 2018, on/before 11am.

Opening date: 28th February, 2018 at 11:30am

catering of meals