Bhutanese and Dutch scientist are involved in a common effort to describe and better understand the biodiversity of Bhutan (Bhutan Biodiversity Project). This cooperation has since 2015 resulted in numerous in numerous small expeditions and the discovery and description of new species of dragonflies, beetles, flies, snails and moths. Part of my time is spent on coordinating this program. From 2019 onward part of the project will focus pollinator and freshwater conservation.
The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is rich in biodiversity and is unique due to its well-preserved landscapes ranging from lowland rainforest to high alpine habitats. The birds and mammals of Bhutan are well studied but information on invertebrates is limited. The Bhutanese-Dutch cooperation aims to make information on this forgotten diversity available to both scientist and volunteers through the publication of field guides, posters and scientific papers. The project is coordinated by National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) at Thimphu where also the Bhutanese national natural history collection is housed.
The Bhutanese-Dutch cooperation on biodiversity reserarch was initiated in 2013 by Dr. Tashi (NBC), Sangay Dema (NBC), Kees Klein, Wim Klein and Prof. E. Gittenberger. From 2014 onwards the project was financially supported by the Bhutan Trust Fund and the Uyttenboogaart Eliasen Foundation This allowed for the establishment of a collection facility at the NBC in Bhutan and for a series of field work trips.
The following institutes are currently involved in the project:
- College of Natural Resources (CNR)
- National Biodiversity Center, Bhutan (NBC)
- National Plant Protection Center, Bhutan
- Naturalis Biodiversity Center
- School of Life Sciences, Sherubtse College
- Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment
- Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN)
Choki Gyeltshen (email@example.com), coordinator NBC Bhutan Biodiversity Project, Dr. Vincent Kalkman (firstname.lastname@example.org), coordinator Naturalis Bhutan Biodiversity Project.
The people listed below are involved in the project and can assist with identifications and can help design research projects. Do not hesitate asking their help, they are eager to support biodiversity research in Bhutan.
Wasp & Bees
Phurpa Dorji (Royal Society for Protection of Nature): email@example.com
Tshering Nidup (School of Life Sciences, Sherubtse College, Kanglung, Bhutan): firstname.lastname@example.org
Wim Klein (Naturalis Biodiversity Center): email@example.com
Prof. Koos Biesmeijer (Naturalis Biodiversity Center): firstname.lastname@example.org
Thinley Gyeltshen (School of Life Sciences, Sherubtse College, Kanglung, Bhutan): email@example.com
Dr. Vincent Kalkman (Naturalis Biodiversity Center): firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Jan van Tol (Naturalis Biodiversity Center): email@example.com
Beetles (especially Ladybeetles & Waterbeetles)
Cheten Dorji (College of Natural Resources): firstname.lastname@example.org
Phuntsho Loday (National Plant Protection Center): email@example.com
Dr. Oscar Vorst (Naturalis Biodiversity Center): firstname.lastname@example.org
Butterflies & Moths
Karma Wangdi (Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment): email@example.com
Cees Gielis (Naturalis Biodiversity Center): firstname.lastname@example.org
Praying mantises Mantids
Cobi Feijen (Naturalis Biodiversity Center): email@example.com
Stalk-eyed flies Diopsidae
Hans Feijen (Naturalis Biodiversity Center): hans.Feijen@naturalis.nl
John Smit (Naturalis Biodiversity Center): firstname.lastname@example.org (also Tephritidae)
Theo Zeegers (Naturalis Biodiversity Center): email@example.com (also Tachinidae & Tabanidae)
Dr. Edmund Gittenberger (Naturalis Biodiversity Center): firstname.lastname@example.org
Pema Leda (National Biodiversity Centre, Bhutan): email@example.com