SUPPORTING WHITE-BELLIED HERON CONSERVATION IN BHUTAN THROUGH COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT AND RESEARCH ( 2018 - 2019)

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Empowering local communities through education and awareness Inventory of WBH nest and monitoring

Major achievements

Four awareness program were conducted in the WBH key habitats of Toedsang, Balwanie,Karmaling and Homa along the Punatsangchhu basin, Goling and Tshanglajong along Mangdechhu basin and Mekurri and Telung along lower Kuri-Gongri basin. A total of 140 community people attended the WBH awareness program conducted in the WBH key Habitats. 

Two potential habitats were assessed along the Kuri-Gongri Basin in the east and Khar stream in the southern part of the country. 

The population survey confirmed 25 individuals from 13 different sites. Three active nests were sighted for 2019 from three different locations. 

The following field equipment were procured to further enhance the conservation efforts: Binocular (2), tents (9) and backpack (4). 

Donor

Implementing Partners

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.