On 22nd March the world will celebrate the World Water Day (WWD). The theme for this year’s WWD is “Water and Energy”. This year’s theme resounds the wisdom of His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan when he said "Water is to us what oil is to Arab,"
Just as the locals started sowing potatoes for the year, the last group of Black-necked Cranes consisting of two adults and a juvenile, left for their summer breeding grounds yesterday, i.e. 13th March 2014 at 1015 hrs. The BNCs have spent the past five months in the cold valley of Phobjikha valley in Wangduephodrang. The first group consisting of 10 adults migrated from the valley on 9th February 2014, following which, groups ranging from 2 to 50 cranes left the valley on various dates.
The three-day training on Book-keeping and Silviculture Options to the Community Forest Management Group (CFMG) Members of lower Zhemgang was organized by Zhemgang Field Office in collaboration with the Block RNR Extension Forest Offices of lower Zhemgang from 15th February till 21st February, 2014.
25 January, 2014: 37 Black-necked Cranes (Grus nigricollis) were counted at Khayber (Rinchengang), Bayling (Below the Pear Tree, Lithongshing), Trashiyangtse . Between 08.18 am to 08.27 am about 37 BNCs were seen feeding in the dry paddies feeding on the grain droppings. This area is a popular non-roosting feeding area for the BNCs in Trashiyangtse. The BNCs usually come to this area at 5 am from roosting areas in Bumdeling.
The management team of the new Community-based Sustainable Tourism (CBST) Group of Phobjikha was given a 5 days training on basic office management from 23rd to 27th January 2014 at the RSPN headquarter in Thimphu. The management team was formed as a requirement of the CBST business plan for establishment of a CBST Group secretariat/ office.
RSPN and the Community-based Sustainable Tourism (CBST) Group of Phobjikha organized a familiarization trip for Bhutanese tour operators to experience the CBST services and facilities established through the CBST project in Phobjikha from 16th to 18th February, 2014.
The stream-and-river-cleaning component of the project is all set to take off
Environment: The cleaning of streams and rivers in the country under the Clean Bhutan project kicks off on February 6 in Thimphu from the Thimchu, project officials said.
A meeting with tour operators to promote Phobjikha Community-based Sustainable Tourism (CBST) was conducted on 22nd January 2014 at the RSPN JKERC Auditorium in Thimphu.
It was organized to provide a platform to introduce local CBST services to the tour operators. It was attended by 35 tour operators of Thimphu.