October 4, 2012 - The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recognized RSPN as an official repository for its documents and publications in Bhutan on 1st October 2012.
In a letter written addressed to the Executive Director of RSPN, the Regional Director of IUCN Asia Regional Office based in Bangkok, Thailand said that it is IUCN's "pleasure to recognize the Environment Resource Centre (ERC) of RSPN" to be the official respository for all kinds of documents and publications published by IUCN. With the recognition, RSPN will receive "representative selection" of their publications.
Over 450 students and teachers from three schools namely, Bayta Community Primary School, Phobjikha Middle Secondary School and Ramachen Community Primary School attended a climate change awareness program in Phobjikha on 12th September 2012.
The IUCN World Conservation Congress, the world’s largest and most important conservation event, begins today on Jeju Island, South Korea.
More than 8,000 people from more than 170 countries are in Jeju to discuss, debate and vote on solutions to some of the globe’s most pressing environmental and development issues.
Held every four years, the Congress, which runs to 15 September, brings together government and non-governmental organizations, scientists, business and community leaders from around the world to look at how nature provides the solution to many of our problems.
Under the Joint Support Programme (JSP- UNDP,UNEP and DANIDA), funded through Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC), RSPN initiated a project entitled “Pilot Initiatives to Reduce Human WildLife Conflict Management in Kangpara, Trashigang” from January 2011 to June 2012.
<< Passangphu Tshowog, one of the largest settlements in Kangpara Gewog (Photo: Tshering Phuntsho)
Learning how to manage their local environment
About twenty three monks and five nuns from 21 monastic schools and institutions from across the country took part in a week long environmental training organized by Education & Advocacy Program of RSPN.
The purpose of the training was to:
- orient the monks and nuns on the concept of environmental education
- provide hands on training on environment related activities
- build capacities of monks and nuns to manage environmental activities in the monastic schools and institutions
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Embassy of Finland, New Delhi and Royal Society for Protection of Nature on 9th July 2012 at Thimphu to formalize continuation of support for the Community-based natural resource management program in selected villages under Lumang and Kangpara gewog in Trashigang Dzongkhag. The project worth 41,342 Euros shall be implemented over a period of one year.
The Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund (KNCF), Japan, will be supporting a project for RSPN starting this year. The project entitle “Enhancement of Black-necked Crane Visitor Information Center in Phobjikha ”, is aimed at improving the role of visitor information centre of Phobjikha in imparting environmental knowledge and awareness and strengthening local participation in environmental conservation in Phobjikha.
On 7 June 2012, the Royal Society for Protection of Nature handed over Nu. 200,000.00 as a seed money to the Passangphu Human Wildlife Management Group.
Speaking to the group, the Kangpara Gup said that it is timely for RSPN to facilitate with the seed money and must be put in good use considering its sustainability. Human Wildlife Conflict Management Group chairperson Mr. Sonam Chojay also expressed their gratitude to RSPN for the fund support and mentioned that the benefit from the seed money would be to establish locally managed and self sustaining financial mechanism to deal with wildlife damages to crops and livestock at the local level.