January 10, 2012
The National Council ratified the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands today after it was introduced by the Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Lyonpo Dr. Pema Gyamtsho. During his introduction, Lyonpo said that the Convention was initially adopted in 1971 at Ramsar, Iran and amended twice in 1982 and 1987. It was initiated mainly due to the interdependence between man and his environment, and to consider the fundamental ecological functions of wetlands.
He highlighted that wetlands constitute a resource of great economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational value, the loss of which would be irreparable. Since Bhutan has a rich environment, it will further enhance in preserving and maintaining sustainability through conservation of wetlands and their flora and fauna in Bhutan, especially waterfowls.He assured that being a member of the Convention will result in Bhutan benefitting in areas of wetlands preservation such as fish and wildlife habitat, natural water quality improvement, flood storage and mitigate against the affects of climate change. Read More »
January 9, 2012
The National Council resumed today with the introduction of the Bhutan Institute of Medical Sciences Bill 2011, the National Flag Bill (Private Members) 2012 and the Parliamentary Entitlements (Amendment) Bill 2012.
During the introduction of Bhutan Institute of Medical Sciences Bill 2011, the Hon’ble Minister for Health stated that the Bill was found extremely needed after doing a need assessment in collaboration with WHO & AIIMS, India in 2008 and 2009. He said that having a Medical College in Bhutan would solve the current shortage & sustainable recruitment of professional health workers in the country. He also added that the Medical College was mainly for providing greater services to the public. Read More »