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.
With the completion of winter migration, the total number of Black –necked Cranes sighted in the country across all the habitats are monitored as usual and recorded by conducting a simultaneous count coordinated by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature. The count helps in understanding the population trend of the cranes. The count is normally carried out when the cranes are in their roosts.
The report on Study of climate change impact on Wetland ecosystem Phobjikha, West Central Bhutan by RSPN has now been published. The study was conducted by RSPN in collaboration with Department of Forest and Park Services funded by the Bhutan Foundation.
According to the published report, the general objective of the study is to build baseline information to understand the impact of climate change on the wetland ecosystem.
RSPN received fund from Norlha, a Swiss based non-profit NGO, to pilot sustainable and organic agriculture in Wamrong and Thrimshing in Tashigang District. The one year (October 2013-September 2014) project will benefit at least 40 households in the villages of Moshi and Khaimanma in Lumang Gewog in Wamrong and Passaphu and Madhuwa in Kangpara Gewog. The project is intended towards fostering environmentally, socially and economically sound food production by promoting alternative option to chemical farming and slope agriculture.
A three day conference titled “ South Asian Parliamentarians and Policymaker’s at Work: Putting Climate Adaptation, Food Security, Population Dynamics Back in the Agenda” was held in Islamabad from 16 to 18th December 2013.
With climate change as a cross cutting icon, it is pertinent to strengthen national and local actions on climate change and create linkages to form a regional climate change policies through regional cooperation.