ESTABLISHING ECOSYSTEM AND INCENTIVE-BASED APPROACHES TO WHITE-BELLIED HERON CONSERVATION IN PUNATSANGCHU BASIN - 2019 - 2021

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Recognizing the importance of community participation  on the success of the WBH conservation, the local residents and communities of the Punatsangchu are also taken on-boards to assist RSPN in conservation activities by involving them in population survey, habitat mapping, advocacy and education programme.  Therefore, this project will continue focusing on community participation and provide incentives to the communities ( e,g. economic development opportunities , employment ) for supporting the WBH conservation activities. Such incentive-based and participatory approach to conservation is expected to empower the communities and increase their ownership and participation towards WBH conservation.

OBJECTIVES AND GOALS

Goal: Protecting and restoring WBH habitat and enhancing local income generation, through incentive-based community participation. 

Objectives:

  • To support and partake in the  community WBH conservation and management actions
  • To identify and map out  degraded WBH sites and restore the selected sites
  • To establish and promote selected income generating initiatives, leading to better appreciation of WBH conservation and livelihood enhancement.
  • To pilot and promote community-based ecotourism initiatives in selected communities/villages, resulting to introduction of the local communities to alternative livelihood opportunities

DONORS

Philanthropic Group led by Mr. Jonathan Charles Eames OBE and Mrs. Dinh Thi Hoa

PROJECT IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS

EXPECTED OUTCOME

The project aims to improve the WBH habitat and enhance local income generation simultaneously through community participation in conservation activities. To achieve the outcome, the following outputs will be accomplished:  

  • Capacity of local communities and Local Conservation Support Group (LCSG), strengthened  
  • Potential degraded WBH habitats, mapped and restored  
  • Selected community livelihood activities initiated and promoted

BE A PART OF OUR MISSION

Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation (BTFEC), Bhutan has consistently supported the implementation of WBH conservation program and has provided US$ 300,000 for the year 2019-2021. 

However, to sustain and consistently carry both ex-situ and in-situ conservation work for WBH for the next 20 years, RSPN requires an estimated amount of US$ 150,000 annually.

This can only be made possible with a White-bellied Heron endowment fund of US$ 3 million at 5% annual investment interest. So far, MAVA foundation in Geneva generously provided a grant of US$ 1.5 million to support WBH conservation in Bhutan. An additional USD 0.15 million was raised with the support of Philanthropist and other donors. RSPN still requires to raise USD 1.35 million to achieve the target.

At RSPN, we believe a single grain of sand can tip the scale. You can be the grain that tips the scale towards improved environmental conditions and conservation efforts in Bhutan. RSPN has set a target to raise US$ 1.5 million for next 10 years.