1st September 2014
The Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation has awarded Nu. 63.59 million to the Royal Government of Bhutan in support of the following projects:
1. Establishment of a knowledge base for invertebrates in Bhutan and the institutional and human capacities to develop and expand it further for better understanding of the role invertebrates play in the biodiversity systems of Bhutan, National Biodiversity Centre(NBC), Thimphu
This project will establish the first ever-invertebrate reference center for the country and it will be implemented by various partner agencies under the coordination of NBC. Technical assistance to train the field staff and collaborative research will be provided by Naturalis, Dutch National Biodiversity Centre, the Netherlands.
2. Revision of the Conservation Management Plan for Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, Phongmey, Trashigang
A concise, comprehensive and a contemporary Conservation Management Plan for Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary will be revised. This will serve as a baseline data and sourcing of funds for future management of biodiversity and balance conservation issues with the development needs of the communities.
3. Integrated Community based Eco-tourism program in Khoma Gewog, Bumdelling Wildlife Sanctuary, T/Yangtse.
The Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary will implement this project in Khoma valley to develop as a model community-based cultural & eco-tourism destination, and contribute to socio-economic up-liftment of communities. The success of which will be replicated in other geogs of the park area.
4. Sustainable Management of Resources inside Jigme Dorji National Park through integrated participations of communities and other key stakeholders, Jigme Dorji National Park, Gasa.
The project is expected to achieve: a) drastically reduced incidences of yak deaths from predation by wild predators and shortage of fodder; b) reduced rate of deforestation in the alpine areas through exploration and adoption of alternative sources of fuel; c) Active engagement of communities, especially women, in sustainable use and management of natural resources; and d) increased benefits accrued to highland communities from tourism activities.
The project will cover Soe, Lingzhi, Naro, Tsento (Yaktsa, Thongbu and Nubri), Laya, and Lunana geogs of the park to ensure sustainable conservation and utilization of the natural resources.
5. Enhance Park Biodiversity database for informed decision making towards park community livelihood, Wangchuck Centennial Park(WCP), Bumthang.
The project will prioritize the immediate need of field studies on flora, fauna, habitat and threats to them. A comprehensive baseline data on biodiversity and socio-economic status of park communities based on database of which a comprehensive Conservation Management Plan will be developed to improve the protected area management system of the country.
This project will benefit the communities, the management of Wangchuck centennial Park, other Researchers, Department of Forests and Park Services and the country.
The Management Board of the Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation, at its 37th meeting held on 14th July 2014 has approved the above projects, of which three are funded under Sustainable Financing for Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resources Management with a grant from the Global Environment Facility/World Bank.
BTFEC, a global pioneer established in 1992, is an independent grant making organization, mandated by Royal Charter of 1996 “…for the promotion of social welfare through environmental conservation of the forests, flora, fauna, wildlife, diverse ecosystems and biodiversity in Bhutan.”
It uses the annual revenue from its endowment to finance environmental initiatives in Bhutan.
Since inception, the BTFEC has awarded Nu. 543,900,068 for 126 projects and currently, there are twenty three (23) on-going projects with approved budget of Nu. 265,397,390 .