June 27, 2013
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Training of homestay owners in Phobjikha

Homestay participantsA  training was conducted from 12th to 19th May 2013 and the 2nd phase focusing on the refresher training was conducted from 7th to 11th June 2013 for homestay owners in Phobjikha. The training was conducted by the project team from RSPN and JEEF along with technical support of two trainers from the Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality (RITH) and with help and participation of the Service Division team from the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB).

June 27, 2013

Training of Local Guides in Phobjikha

local-guide-trainingA total of 9 local guides were trained in Phobjikha from 4th to 9th and 21st to 24 May 2013 under the community-based sustainable tourism project. The training was conducted by Mr. Masanori Shintani, a well-known international ecotourism interpretive trainer from Japan.

During the training the local guides were taught about the simple understanding of what ecotourism or community-based sustainable tourism is, and how being a good interpretive guide can add value to the tourist experience of a particular area.

June 16, 2013
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RSPN Members mark International Day for Biological Diversity

rspn-member IBD 2013-aA two-day membership program was organized by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature to mark the International Day of Biodiversity celebrated worldwide on 22nd May. A total of 29 RSPN adult members from diverse backgrounds and professions joined the trip to Samtengang in Wangduephodrang.

June 4, 2013
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Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!

The Board of Directors, Members and Staff of RSPN offer our sincere prayers for Long Life and Happiness for Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, the Royal Patron […]
May 21, 2013

22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity

idb-2013-logo-enThe United Nations has proclaimed 22nd May as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29th  December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated as the International Day for Biological Diversity.

March 29, 2013

Manas, world’s hotspot for felids

cats-500x407<< Golden cat, marbled cat, leopard cat, clouded leopard, common leopard and tiger were caught on 60 camera traps

The Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) covering 1,057sqkm has been named as a world’s hotspot for wild felids.

The presence of six species of wild felids – golden cat, marbled cat, leopard cat, clouded leopard, common leopard and tiger – and 28 other species of terrestrial mammals were confirmed through camera traps in the park’s 74sqkm area.

March 22, 2013
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World Water Day 2013: International Year of Water Cooperation

world water_day2013World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

March 4, 2013

Crane Mail from Tibet

crane GPS_UWICEIt took a GPS tagged crane two hours to reach Kangmar County in Tibet from Phobjikha (Image: UWICE)

Around 2pm on February 27, Ugyen Wangchuck Institute of Conservation and Environment (UWICE) director in Bumthang received an email.

It was from Kangmar County under Shigatse province in Tibet.

What director Ngawang Norbu received on his Gmail account was sent from the backpacked global positioning system (GPS) tag of a black-necked crane, pet named Ugyenling that left Phobjikha in the morning of the same day.

February 27, 2013
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World Wetlands Day 2013: “Wetlands Take Care of Water”

wetland day 2013-aWorld Wetlands Day was observed on 2 February 2013 in Thimphu by a small group of individuals who are registered members of Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN). The day marks the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2nd February 1971 in Iranian city of Ramsar. The Convention is more popularly known as Ramsar Convention. Currently there are 163 countries as the contracting party to the convention and Bhutan is 161stmember of the convention with two Ramsar sites (Wetlands of International Importance).

January 17, 2013
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Amateur Naturalist Training Camp – 2013

The RSPN camping held from 6th to 12th January, 2013 at Wolathang under Punakha Dzongkhag was geared much intensely at sensitizing the youth of their role […]