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Pyeongchang/Montreal 6 October 2014 –Under the theme, “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development,” thousands of representatives of governments, NGOs, indigenous peoples, scientists and the private sector gathered in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea for the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity(COP 12).
The inception meeting with Public Health and Engineering Division (PHED), Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health was organized by RSPN on 30th September, 2014 in RSPN’s Board Room, Kawajangsa, Thimphu. It is a part of SAARC Development Fund (SDF) Secretariat funded project on “Strengthening Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services in Bhutan” (WASH).
Two Officials from PHED and 5 officials of RSPN attended the meeting. It was aimed at presenting the detail project profile, garner support, seek input and suggestion and for collaboration to avoid duplication and to supplement the government in WASH related program in the country.
Khotokha valley, located at the North of Wangduephodrang District and at an altitude of 2500 masl, is one of the important winter habitats of the endangered Black-necked Cranes in Bhutan. About 6-7 individuals are recorded every winter in the valley. Khotokha valley has been designated as the Ramsar site given its pristine and large wetland area. The valley, besides cranes, is also a home for more than 700 people of Bjena and Rubisa Geog where agriculture and livestock rearing are the main occupation.
- Training on Vegetable Production and Management to farmers
- Reforestation program at Kuensel Phodrang in Thimphu
- Research findings presented under the Jigme Khesar Environmental Research Fund (JKERF) initiative
- Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services Assessment conducted in Tsirang
- Awareness Programme on Safety and Efficient use of Electricity in Zhemgang