White-bellied Heron Recovery Plan – Local Conservation Support Network Year: 2018-2019

Objectives and goals

  1. Improve the acute shortage of human resource by increasing the number of LCSG members and field assistants
  2. Provide necessary field equipment to improve the efficiency and safety of the field staff
  3. Conduct awareness and educational activities in the areas of high conflicts and low awareness of the threatened species and in the areas.

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

Appointed six additional LCSG members in recently identified WBH habitats. Procured and provided necessary field equipment to the majority of the field staff with binoculars and a few GPS units to monitor and record WBH and other threatened species in their locality. Six awareness and advocacy programs were conducted reaching out to 428 people living along the WBH habitat. Local residents were sensitized on national and global status, conservation importance, distribution, threats, ecology, behaviour, of WBH and how they can contribute in conserving this bird as an individual. Trained LCSGs and local communities to monitor and report sightings of WBH, report illegal and suspected activities along the WBH habitats and strategies to minimize threats.

Donors

BE A PART OF THE MISSION

Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation (BTFEC), Bhutan has consistently supported the implementation of WBH conservation program and has provided US$ 300,000 for the year 2019-2021.  However, to sustain and consistently carry both ex-situ and in-situ conservation work for WBH for the next 20 years, RSPN requires an estimated amount of US$ 150,000 annually. This can only be made possible with a White-bellied Heron endowment fund of US$ 3 million at 5% annual investment interest. So far, MAVA foundation in Geneva generously provided a grant of US$ 1.5 million to support WBH conservation in Bhutan. An additional USD 0.15 million was raised with the support of Philanthropist and other donors. RSPN still requires to raise USD 1.35 million to achieve the target. At RSPN, we believe a single grain of sand can tip the scale. You can be the grain that tips the scale towards improved environmental conditions and conservation efforts in Bhutan. RSPN has set a target to raise US$ 1.5 million for next 10 years.