At the International Union for Conservation of Natures’ 6th World Conservation Congress held in Honolulu, Hawaii, from 1-10 September 2016, two Bhutanese officials were recognized by the global community for their exemplary contribution to nature conservation in Bhutan. The two awardees are Rebecca Pradhan, Senior Ecologist from Royal Society for Protection of Nature, and Sonam Wangchuk, Chief of Wildlife and CITES MA, Department of Forest and Park Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.
Rebecca Pradhan was bestowed the “Hotspot Heroes” by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) for her life long self motivated expertise and dedication in the conservation of the critically endangered white bellied heron in Bhutan. The award was presented on 4th September evening at the 15th anniversary of CEPF at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA together with 15 other awardees from across the globe.
A seven member Bhutanese officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation and Royal Society for Protection of Nature participated in the IUCN’s 6th World Conservation Congress held in Honolulu from 1-10 September 2016. The congress is organized every four years with the last one held in October 2012 at Jeju. The 10 days congress with the central theme “Planet at the Crossroads” brought together world’s greatest minds and environmental leaders from the government, civil society, indigenous communities, private sectors, and academia.
The congress outlined opportunities to address some of the greatest challenges facing nature conservation and the urgent action needed to ensure long term survival of life on Earth and the planet’s ability to sustain them. Key decisions included closure of domestic markets for elephant ivory, the urgency of protecting the high seas, the need to protect primary forests, no-go areas for industrial activities within protected areas and an official IUCN policy on biodiversity offsets.
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation (HSI) plans to recruit a competent National Value Chain (VC) Technical Advisor (TA) to be based at the project management unit (PMU), Rural Livelihood Project (RLP)-Phase III, Zhemgang to support the project in implementing and coordinating components 2 and 3 (C2, C3) of the approved Project Document which focuses on a) Increasing income of farmers’ groups/cooperatives and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through facilitating multi-stakeholder market chain platforms and b) Trigger pro-poor policy changes based on the evidences. RLP is implemented through the Ministry of Agriculture & Forests (MoAF), Royal Government of Bhutan. The main tasks of the National Value Chain (VC) Technical Advisor include:
Coordinate and organise market chain analysis of identified products
Coordinate and support the establishment of market chain based multi-stakeholder market chain platforms
Facilitate the development of market chain upgrading strategies and action plan for market chain platforms
Facilitate in implementing action plan of market chain platforms in coordination with the members and service providers
Conduct needs assessment and capacity building of RNR sector staff, market chain actors and service providers
Facilitate processors/traders to engage in fair and transparent commercial trading relations with the smallholder farmers
Facilitate to organise multi-stakeholder dialogues/workshops at the Dzongkhag level to address key policy/regulatory constraints in the market chains
Support project management unit (PMU) in developing concept notes and Terms of Reference for organising studies related to Outcome 3
Monitor the implementation market chain platforms and organise regular market chain platform meetings