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December 23, 2013

86 centimetres wins kathmandu film award 2013

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The documentary ’86 centimetres…’ on Bhutan’s attempt in trying to prevent a catastrophic glacial lake outburst flood in Thorthomi, Lunana was selected as the best mountain film  at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival on December 15, 2013. The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICMOD) in Kathmandu awarded ’86 centimetres…’, directed by Tshering Gyeltshen of TGMI and Peterjan Van Der Burgh from Netherlands and produced by bhutan+partners USD 1,000 and a certificate.

The documentary tells the story of Tashi, a young Bhutanese man from Paro, who joined a team of 350 Bhutanese workers to tame Thorthomi Lake in 2009. Tashi and friends, in a period of three months, dug a drainage system with just shovels, rope and muscle, lowered the water level by 86 cm.

A press release from ICIMOD stated that the documentary was selected, as it showcased an issue relevant to ICIMOD’s work area (GLOFs, glaciers, climate change).
“The film shows the determination of people in Bhutan to tackle issues that affect them – rather than anxiously waiting for a catastrophic event, they have taken action,” the press
release stated. The press release also stated that the support to the telling of stories like  this could inspire others.

Mountain film festival is an annual ICIMOD event to celebrate and support filmmakers from ICIMOD member countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan. TGMI chief executive officer Tshering Gyeltshen said the documentary was co produced by Bhutan and partners and they are deeply honoured that their effort to spread glacial lake outburst flood and global warming messages had been recognised.
“With these recognition, I hope more people in the region and world would watch it and seriously reflect on the messages it tries to convey.”

Read the article in Bhutan’s national news paper, the Kuensel

Bhutan+partners and the directors feel honoured by this award and hope that the Bhutan government is continuously  supported to minimise the threat  of the effects of climate change in Bhutan


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December 2, 2013

opera bhutan on radio – 8 december 2013

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Laura Brüggen and the opera Bhutan will be covered in the Hollan Doc radio programme on Dutch public radio on 8 december 2013, Radio 1, 9.00 pm. NTR journalist Mrs Corinne van der Hoeven followed Laura to Bhutan where she was the concert master at the first  opera ever performed in Bhutan on 13 October 2013.

Bhutan+partners sponsored the participation of Laura Brüggen to the opera and assisted NTR with formal procedures and travel arrangements for Mrs van der Hoeven’s journey as a journalist to Bhutan.

info: radio uitzending gemist   instellen op 8 december, 21.00 uur

Holland Doc:

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November 21, 2013

vacancies floriculture bhutan

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Bhutan+partners are looking for a professional landscape architect and horticulturalist for the Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture & Forests, RGOB. The architect and horticulturalist will be working for the Floriculture Centre Dechencholing, Thimphu, Bhutan.

With the royal command to initiate a floriculture centre in Dechencholing, the potential of floriculture, can be explored in Bhutan. Proper promotion and establishment of floriculture in the country will not only contribute to the aesthetic value of the country but also support in terms of species conservation and diversification, employment generation and income earnings through export.

information: Floriculture Centre at Dechencholing – Concept Note[1]
TOR Landscape Architect and Horticulturalist

The Ministry of Agriculture has requested bhutan+partners to recruit highly professional consultants for the vacancies. The renumeration include local transport, housing and daily subsistence allowance. Additional conditions are negotiable. Those interested please contact