"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.
The kick-off meeting with the stakeholders for Green Public Procurement in Bhutan was held on 31 March 2014 in the conference hall of the Royal Society for Protection of Nature, Thimphu. A cross sectorial strategy for sustainable industrial competitiveness, GPP in Bhutan is expected to scale-up public demand for environmentally and socially preferable goods, services and infrastructure, and support the achievement of Gross National Happiness and ‘The Middle Path’.
Tashitse Higher Secondary School at Wamrong, Tashigang celebrated the 2014 World Water Day (WWD) on 22nd March. The school’s main objective for the celebrating such an important day was to sensitize the students and general public of Wamrong town on importance of water and how it can be well-managed.
While the world observed the Earth Hour on 29th March 2014, several RSPN members trekked the Lungchutse Hiking Trail (3.5 Kms) which is about 2 hours travel time (one way). The highest point on the trail was about 3569 meters above sea level. The team trekked from Dochula Pass, climbed towards the Lungchutse Lhakhang (highest point on the trail) and then descended towards Yusipang via the Tashigang Gonpa covering 9.2 kms.