Book Launch
Book LaunchPRESS RELEASE 21 February 2010 The Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) launched two books titled “Bhutan’s Natural Heritage: A Legacy of the Monarchs” and “Nature, Wildlife and People: Living with Nature in Phobjikha Conservation Area” on 21st February 2010, on the occasion of His Majesty’s 30th Birth anniversary.
The books were launched by Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Forest; Lyonpo (Dr.) Pema Gyamtsho in Hotel Taj Tashi, Thimphu. The event was attended by HE Lyonpo Dorji Wangdi, eminent members of the parliament, dignitaries and officials of the Royal Government and representatives of the International and National NGOs. RSPN considers this day most timely and appropriate occasion to pay tribute to our Monarchs whose visionary leadership made Bhutan richly endowed in its natural heritage and brought our country to the forefront of global environmental conservation. Through these publications, RSPN wishes to bring out the extraordinary contributions of our Kings in safeguarding our environment and natural heritage, while also taking stock of Bhutan’s natural resources and the challenges we are faced with in sustaining them.

In particular, the book “Bhutan’s Natural Heritage: A Legacy of the Monarchs” calls on the Royal Government and the Bhutanese for continued efforts to preserve the natural environment of Bhutan especially in the context of the fragile Himalayan ecosystem and the vulnerability to disasters.

 A total of 3000 copies have been printed, out of which 1000 will be available for free distribution to schools, institutions and government and non-profit entities. The remaining 2000 will be put on sale through various book stores. The proceeds from the sale will be used for similar publications of RSPN. The publication was made possible with financial support from the Embassy of Finland, New Delhi.

Nature, Wildlife and People: Living with Nature in Phobjikha Conservation Area is an educational publication based on information generated from several years of RSPN’s engagement in conservation of Phobjikha. The book is an important resource for Non formal education centers and schools. It provides holistic understanding of the natural environment and the socio-cultural dimensions in Phobjikha. Although the book was developed for use within Phobjikha, it can be a valuable resource to outsiders. The book is available both in English and Dzongkha language. However, more copies in Dzongkha language suggest RSPN’s emphasis on educating the local communities. This initiative is part of RSPN’s efforts in strengthening Phobjikha’s status as a conservation area supported by MacArthur Foundation, USA.