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April 1, 2014
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Environmental Education and Awareness program in Gangtey Goenpa

Environmental Conservation is the responsibility of all people, from all walks of life.

gangtey monks2014-1As a part of imparting knowledge about the importance of environmental conservation and with the Royal Society for Protection of Nature’s mission of “inspiring personal responsibility and actively involvement of the people of Bhutan in the conservation of the Kingdom's environment through education, research and sustainable livelihood opportunities” a one day environmental education and awareness program was conducted for the monks of Gangtey Goenpa in Phobjikha. A total of 30 monks and two teachers attended the program.

March 31, 2014
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Women members of Bjoka Bamboo Craft Cooperative Group trained

bjokha Bangchung_march2014_2Zhemgang Field Office in collaboration with the Bjoka Block RNR Extension Forest Office and Bjoka Bamboo Craft Cooperative Group  organized three-day training on Technical Skills on Bamboo and Cane Products to the women members of Bjoka Bamboo Craft Cooperative Group from 11th March till 22nd March, 2014. It is a part of ADB funded project on “Improving Gender-Inclusive Access to Clean and Renewable Energy in Bhutan”.

March 20, 2014
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World Water Day Celebration – 2014: Water and Energy

WWD 2014_logoWhite_ENOn 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," 

March 17, 2014
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The Last Group of Cranes leave Bhutan

last bnc_group2014Just 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.

March 5, 2014
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Chinese Pond Heron sighted near Singye Dzong

chinese pond_heron_pic_tashi_dd_BWSIn a rare sighting in Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary, a Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bacchus) was spotted near Singye Dzong at a record altitude of 3600 m in Bhutan.

March 4, 2014
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White-bellied Heron sighted in Phibsoo


wbh phibsoo_2014The presence of two adult White-bellied Heron (Ardea insignis) in Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary, Sarpang was confirmed by a team of RSPN and Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary Forestry Officials on 26 February 2014.
March 1, 2014
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Training on Book-keeping and Silviculture Options to the CFMG Members of Lower Zhemgang

Practical---Marking-of-treeThe 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.

February 26, 2014
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Black-necked Cranes in Khaybar (Rinchengang), Trashi Yangtse.

bnc tyangtse_jan2014_crane25 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.

February 26, 2014
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Management Training for CBST Group of Phobjikha

cbst managementThe 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.

February 26, 2014
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Familiarization of CBST of Phobjikha for Bhutanese Tour Operators

A-local-guide-interpreting-1RSPN 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.