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White-bellied Heron Recovery Plan (Year: 2015 -2018)


 Increase the population of White-bellied Heron

Major achievements

30 research associated with WBH habitat and threats conducted and completed. 6 active nests identified in 3 years. Three nationwide population surveys conducted for consecutive years. 4 WBH threats mitigation measure implemented and alternative livelihood support provided to communities. 

Conducted one international WBH workshop and one national stakeholder workshop to discuss the strategic plan. WBH conservation strategic plan 2019-2039 completed.

WBH Captive Breeding Facility Center structural plan finalised. Two WBH researchers from RSPN trained to carry out captive breeding work at Zlin and Prague Zoo.

21 community education and awareness programs conducted in critical WBH habitats. LCSG members, forestry officials and researchers trained on conducting habitat inventories, monitoring the wild population and conducting research. 

WBH international advisory committee established. WBH international conservation strategy developed with a specific recommendation for Bhutan. Conservation partnership established with Synchronicity Earth, Birdlife International, International Crane Foundation, Mava Foundation, Zlin and Prague Zoos and other local and regional WBH researchers.



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.