November 14, 2013

COP 19 kicks off in Warsaw, Poland


Picture courtesy: IISD

The 2013 Climate Change Conference is held in Warsaw, Poland, from 11 November and will continue until 22 November.

This Conference includes the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 9).

October 22, 2013

Two adult Black-necked Cranes arrived in Phobjikha

22 October 2013 – At around 2PM BST today, two adult black-necked cranes arrived in Phobjikha, one of the wintering habitats in Bhutan. Last year, the […]
October 8, 2013
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Biking in Phobjikha

cbst bike train2Biking tourism is another CBST product available in Phobjikha. With support from the Austrian Coordination Office (ACO) and the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO), Seven Mountain bikes and accessories were provided to the new CBST Group in Phobjikha

October 8, 2013
Ms. Jigme Choden, College of Natural Resources receiving the 1st prize

Youth and Environmental Conservation

Ms. Jigme Choden, College of Natural Resources receiving the 1st prizeA five day national youth forum on  “Empowering youth for climate change research in Bhutan” was conducted from 1st – 5th October 2013. Students from about seven higher learning institutions in the country took part in the forum which was  hosted by  Sherubtse College, Kanglung, Trashigang.

October 7, 2013
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A Knowledge Sharing Workshop on Gender and Energy

adb workshop 2013-bA half day Knowledge Sharing Workshop on Gender Review of National Energy Policies and Programmes in Bhutan was organized by RSPN on 1st October, 2013 in RSPN’s Auditorium, Thimphu. It is a part of ADB funded project on “Improving Gender-Inclusive Access to Clean and Renewable Energy in Bhutan”.

The project team presented the detailed project profile, understanding gender status of existing energy sector policies, strategies and practices in Bhutan with the objective in identifying good practices and lessons learned in successfully mainstreaming gender into the energy sector.

October 3, 2013
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Fundraising initiative for Jigme Khesar Environmental Research Fund (JKERF)

biking 2013bOn launching the Jigme Khesar Environmental Research Fund (JKERF) in August 2013 by Her Majesty Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, Queen of Bhutan, the Royal Society for Protection of Nature initiated the first research fundraising of its kind with support from friends of RSPN from National University of Singapore.

October 3, 2013
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Annual Black-necked Crane Roost Restoration

Every living being instinctively develops a defense mechanism to prevent themselves from the predators.

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Cranes in general prefer shallow water bodies for roosting. Movements on the surface of the water by the predators and other animals alarm the cranes and they fly away.

In Phobjikha, Black-necked Crane roosts are maintained and restored annually by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature around mid September, just before they start arriving in the valley. Observations have shown that the cranes prefer the artificial roosts over the natural ponds in Phobjikha.

September 25, 2013

Tiger skin and bones seized


Officials of the Forest Protection and Surveillance Unit seized a tiger skin and bones from two Indian men in Gelegphu on September 20. It was confiscated from a hotel in Gelegphu town before the men could trade it with the buyer, suspected to be Bhutanese.

August 30, 2013
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Her Majesty Gyaltsuen launches Jigme Khesar Environmental Research Fund (JKERF)

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Her Majesty Gyaltsuen with Chairman, Board of Directors and Staff of RSPN

August 5, 2013, Thimphu - Coinciding with the visit of Her Majesty Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck to the Royal Society for Protection of Nature, Her Majesty launched Jigme Khesar Environmental Research Fund (JKERF) as a part of the Jigme Khesar Environmental Resource Centre, which was launched in October 2012. The JKERF is launched under Her Majesty Gyaltsuen's initiative as the Royal Patron of the organization.

Bhutan's natural resources being the ultimate source of sustainability, the research fund will help to address an increasing need of science based information which is inadequately matched by research capacity in the country. It will also help to reduce dependency on external knowledge on our own natural resources.

June 27, 2013
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Training of homestay owners in Phobjikha

Homestay participantsA  training was conducted from 12th to 19th May 2013 and the 2nd phase focusing on the refresher training was conducted from 7th to 11th June 2013 for homestay owners in Phobjikha. The training was conducted by the project team from RSPN and JEEF along with technical support of two trainers from the Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality (RITH) and with help and participation of the Service Division team from the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB).