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 Organizations Authority as a non-profit Public Benefit Organization and is managed by a seven member Board of Directors and governed by six International and National Advisory Committee on all matters related to ornithology conservation in Bhutan. The Executive Director manages the day-to-day affairs of the organization and reports to the Board. 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 activities to involve local communities, institutions, and student groups in its initiatives throughout Bhutan. RSPN’s work revolves around the 11 flagship programs.