Brief History of RSPN

In 1987, the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) was established as a citizen-based NGO devoted to the conservation of Bhutan’s unique environment. RSPN has evolved as a complementary partner to the Royal Government of Bhutan in the preservation of Bhutan’s rich natural heritage. It is registered with the Civil Society Organization Authority as a non-profit Public Benefit Organization and is managed by a seven member Board of Directors and is governed by six International and National Advisory committee on all matters related to ornithology conservation in Bhutan. The Executive Director, who reports to the board manages the day to day affairs of the organization. From 1999 till 2012, RSPN enjoyed the Royal Patronage of His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the King of Bhutan. The Queen of Bhutan, Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck is the current Royal Patron of the organization.

The vision of RSPN encompasses a mission to inspire personal responsibility and works to involve local communities, institutions, and student groups in its initiatives throughout Bhutan. RSPN’s work revolves around the focus areas:

Milestone in RSPN's history

2017

RSPN wins ADB Civil Society Partnership Award

2016

RSPN is awarded the National Order of Merit (Gold) by His Majesty the King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck during the 109th National Day celebration.

2015

Dr. Kinley Tenzin assumed as Executive Director of RSPN

2014

Field Office in Buli, Zhemgang established

2012

Her Majesty Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wanghchuck granted Royal Patronage to RSPN.

2012

RSPN celebrated Silver Jubilee

2012

RSPN's new Headquarters and Jigme Khesar Environmental Resource Centre inaugurated.

2012

Jigme Khesar Environmental Research Fund launched

2010

Awarded MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institution (MACEI)

2010

RSPN formally registered as Public Benefit Organization (PBO) under Civil Society Organization Authority (CSOA)

2007

Field Office at Wamrong in Trashigang established

2005

USD $1million Endowment Fund established

2001

Black-necked Crane Information Centre in Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang established.

2000

Dr. Lam Dorji assumed as Executive Director of RSPN

1999

His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (the then Crown Prince) granted Royal Patronage to RSPN

1998

Dr. Kinley Dorji assumed as Executive Director of RSPN

1991

RSPN moved to new office space provided by Government.

1989

Mr. Kunzang Yonten became Secretary General of RSPN

1989

RSPN registered under Companies Act of Bhutan

1987

RSPN established under the Royal Command of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck