June 30, 2014, A comprehensive research presentation on various environmental subjects were presented by JKERF grant recipients comprising undergrad students from College of Natural Resources (CNR), Lobeysa and Sherubtse College, Kanglung. The research findings will be made public through the Jigme Khesar Environmental Resource Centre attached with RSPN Research Program. The funding for the grant was secured from the Gross National Happiness Commission under the Joint Support Program (JSP).
With an objective to understand the state and dynamics of ecosystems and their linkages to human wellbeing and mainstream the knowledge into planning and development strategies, the RSPN has completed the household survey on Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services in Barshong Gewog, Tsirang Dzongkhag. It was conducted from 10th - 30th May, 2014.
Rural Electrification in the Blocks of Zhemgang District is 90 percent complete, and stringing of power-cable lines and construction of power sub-stations for rest 10 percent are currently under progress.
The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is observed worldwide on 17 June every year. The theme of this year's WDCD is ecosystem-based adaptation.
With the slogan ‘Land Belongs to the Future, Let’s Climate Proof It’, the 2014 WDCD highlights the benefits of mainstreaming sustainable land management policies and practices into our collective response to climate change.
"Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level”
World Environment Day 2014 falls during the International Year of Small Island Developing States, declared by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the special needs of this diverse coalition as part of the global discussion on how to achieve a sustainable future for all.The world’s small island nations, which are collectively home to more than 63 million people, are renowned as prized destinations: places of outstanding natural beauty, vibrant culture and music appreciated around the globe.
A total of 39 selected farmers from Lumang and Kangpara Gewog embarked on a study tour to Tsirang Dzongkhag from 22-28th April 2014. The study tour themed “Organic agriculture and slope management” was a part of exposure trip for the farmers who will be undergoing various trainings in terms of organic agriculture and slope management in the ongoing project on Sustainable agriculture in villages of Kangpara and Lumang Gewog in Tashigang funded by Norlha, a Swiss based NGO.
As a part of the CBST promotion package, a new website with domain name www.communitytourism.bt has been launched. The website provides information about the local tourism services, facilities, programs and the contact information of the local CBST coordinator.
16 April, 2014- Coinciding with the Second Regional Consultation Workshop on Kanchenjunga Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative, a research report titled, ‘An Integrated Assessment of the Effects of Natural and Human Disturbances on a Wetland Ecosystem' was launched by the Hon’ble Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Dasho Sherub Gyaltshen at the conference hall of the Tarayana Foundation on 16 April 2014.
Water is the foundation of life. And still today, all around the world, far too many people spend their entire day searching for it. – The Water Project
Phobjikha valley in Wangduephodrang is known for having one of the largest high altitude wetland in the country. The pristine wetland is fed by numerous seasonal and perennial streams flowing from the surrounding mountains. Besides number of important functions in an ecosystem, the wetland in Phobjikha is a winter home for more than 350 Black-necked Cranes.
A day long White-bellied Heron (WBH) conservation meeting with the stakeholders was organized on 8 April, 2014 in Mendhagang Geog Centre, Punakha.