NEWS

November 23, 2011
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Banded cranes back in Phobjikha

banded cranes 2011Two banded cranes are back in the Phobjikha valley. In the winter of 2010-2011, RSPN in collaboration with the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment, Bumthang, banded four adult cranes with GPS Accelerato-meter in Phobjikha valley.

November 16, 2011

Stakeholder Consultations – ‘Sustainability in Living Himalayas in South Asia’

16 November 2011: News in pictures: The opening of Stakeholder Consultations – ‘Sustainability in Living Himalayas in South Asia’ took place today at Nazhoen Pelri in Thimphu today. These are the pictures of the opening session of the event.
November 12, 2011

Eight cranes arrive in Chuzagang, Gelephu

Lately the people of Chuzagang gewog in Gelephu are witnessing the arrival of black-necked cranes in Dawathang and upper-Karbithang (Danabari) villages.

Three cranes had landednear the Moakhola river about two days ago and by yesterday evening, eight cranes were spotted by the villagers.

November 7, 2011
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Black-necked cranes arrive in Phobjikha

crane_arriaval_20117 November 2011 - The first group of black-necked cranes (Grus nigricollis) arrived today in Phobjikha. At around 10.AM BST, a group of 4 cranes with two juveniles are the first group  of cranes in Phobjikha this winter. As of today afternoon, the total number of 33 cranes including 5 juveniles. The weather today in Phobjikha was bright and clear sunny day.

October 27, 2011
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A local Crane Enthusiast

Rinchen at his workIt is truly said that “Life imitates Art”. With a couple of weeks remaining for the 13th Black-necked Crane festival, the local community of Phobjikha eagerly awaits the day with preparations in full swing.

The day brings community together and rejoices the arrival of Black-necked Cranes in the valley besides marking the importance of crane conservation. Hundreds of international tourists also join the celebration.

October 25, 2011
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Annual Black-necked crane roost maintenance in Phobjikha

crane_new_roost_2011With less than a month remaining for the Black-necked Cranes to fly into the valley, preparation of a proper roosting area has been carried out as usual. Observations in the past years showed that the roosts maintained in the previous years couldn’t accommodate all the cranes in one spot, therefore this year a new spot was chosen for the roost with an area of approximately 40m x 50m.

September 27, 2011
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Community based Waste Management System kicks off in Phobjikha valley

phobji_wasteDasho Dzongrab and Representative from JICA inaugurate the community waste management in PhobjikhaThe Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) as conservation and development partner to the Phobjikha valley had initiated a Community based Solid waste management project in the valley. The project aims to keep Phobjikha valley clean and free from waste and to make the place environment friendly. The project was funded by JICA office in Bhutan.

September 25, 2011

Future Policy Award crowns world’s best forest policies

Forest laws and policies in Rwanda, The Gambia and the US beat out 17 other nominees to win 2011 Future Policy Award

New York, 21 September 2011
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Rwanda’s National Forest Policy was proclaimed the winner of the 2011 Future Policy Award. The Gambia’s Community Forest Policy and the US Lacey Act with its amendment of 2008 received the Silver Awards. The three winning policies which most effectively contribute to the conservation and sustainable development of forests for the benefit of current and future generations were announced on 21 September 2011 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
September 20, 2011
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Juvenile White-bellied heron released

Bumitsawa, Pho Chu, Punakha

wbh_juvenile_2011It was hatched in captive breeding on May 7th, 201117th September 2011. At 7.58 am, a White-bellied heron weighing 5.6 kilograms was released from its flight pen at Bumitsawa in Pho Chu, Punakha. It was 134 days old at the time of the release from the research site. It was the first white-bellied heron chick hatched in a captive breeding.

The juvenile heron is tagged with a band numbered 32 on its right leg. It is also mounted with a 35gms Platform Terminal Transmitter (PTT) that will be useful in monitoring its whereabouts through a satellite data.

September 12, 2011
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Study Tour for Steering Committee members and local community leaders to understand CBST in Phobjikha

CBST_tour_2011Members participated and visited the site

16th and 18th August 2011 - About 30 people representing various agencies (Government and non-government) such as Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED), Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO), Guide Association of Bhutan, Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), Phobjikha Environment Management Commission (PEMC), Wangdiphordang Dzongkhag Administration, Gross national Happiness Commission (GNHC) local business community, Local Government (LG) and the local communities attended the study tour cum consultative workshop in Phobjikha.