The 13th Black-necked Crane festival came to an end with a melancholic feeling yet a satisfied day. The festival marked the end of all the other festivals in the valley. Local communities of Phobjikha, dressed in their best attires filled the courtyard of Gangtey Goenpa to witness the festival with immense joy. The day also saw hundreds of international and national tourists.
Twelve participants representing various sectors (Tourism Council of Bhutan, Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators, Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division, Guide Association of Bhutan, Local Government (Phobji and Gangtey Gewog, Wangduephodrang), Phobjikha Environment Management Committee and RSPN) were on a four day study tour to various ecotourism destination in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 15-18 November 2011 experiencing the tropical rain forest fruits and tubers and sea foods, the heavy afternoon convectional rainfall, and a very different eco-tourism experience.
15 December 2011 - Mr, Tseten Dorji, the field officer of RSPN based in Kangpara, Trashigang received reports of sighting of lone black-necked crane in Kangpara. Mr. Phurpa Dorji, Assistant Forest Officer of Kangpara Geog Territorial Forest Office informed the field office that he first sighted the crane feeding on post-harvest paddy fields below Kangpara Lower Secondary School at around 7:00AM (BST) this morning. He said that the black-necked crane looked like fully grown adult.
8 December 2011 - Durban, South Africa – It was the busiest Fossil ceremony yet at COP17. New Zealand took third for opposing the Kyoto Protocol. Japan, Canada, and Russia earned second for their own lack of KP commitment. And the United States came in first for failing their 2 degrees C agreement. Luckily, the Africa Group earned the first Ray of the Day in Durban for consistent, constructive progress. If only the negotiations were so productive. The Fossils as presented read: