Ecotourism Plans for Manas

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Bhutan boasts of having 26% of it’s total geographical land area under protected area networks which is the highest in Asia.

Amongst others, the Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) is one of the oldest protected area in Bhutan and shares a porous border with India’s Manas National Park and Tiger Reserve. With an area of 1059 sq km, the ecosystem in Manas ranges from tropical to subtropical.

Ludlow’s Bhutan Swallowtail is National Butterfly of Bhutan

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Ludlow’s Bhutan Swallowtail which is found only in Bhutan has been announce by the Cabinet as the National Butterfly of Bhutan. The Ludlow’s Swallowtail butterflies are found in Tobrang, a remote part of the Bumdelling Wildlife Sanctuary, Trashiyangtse, in the eastern region of the country.

Protecting the Ludlow’s Bhutan Swallowtail

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Ludlow’s Bhutan Swallowtail (Bhutanitis ludlowi) is an extremely rare species of butterfly first discovered in Bhutan by Frank Ludlow and George Sheriff, British plant hunters in 1930s.

Protecting and conserving Ludlow’s Bhutan Swallowtail (Bhutanitis ludlowi) butterfly is not a challenge as of now but it could be in the future, Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary officials say.

No Golf Course for Bumthang

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The proposal to build a golf course in Ura, Bumthang, has been rejected by the government.

The golf course has been rejected on grounds that it would affect community grazing activity in Shingkhar, and the water supply of a hydropower unit in Ura. A government agency found that almost the entire golf course would be located on wetland, once completed. A ministry of agriculture and forests notification issued earlier this year stipulated that natural wetland would be protected.