16-18 April, Thimphu: The second regional consultation workshop on Kanchenjunga Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KLCDI) is underway at the conference hall of the Tarayana Foundation. Representatives from the member countries such as Nepal, India and Bhutan are attending it.
The Kanchenjunga Landscape which includes as many as twenty protected areas with rich biodiversity is one of the important areas for biodiversity conservation in the Himalayan region. In order to preserve its unique biological diversity and to develop the livelihoods of the local communities, the member countries have joined hands through KLCDI (January 2013-December 2017) which is being facilitated by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).
The Hon’ble Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Dasho Sherub Gyaltshen graced the inaugural session along with the departmental heads and senior officials. In his speech, Dasho stressed on the importance of conserving natural resources and informed that Bhutan will extend its full commitment for such a noble initiated program.
Highlighting the trans-boundary initiatives in the Himalayan region, Dr. Eklabya Sharma from ICIMOD said that it is important to understand the contribution of mountains at global level and we should appreciate it for its valuable services.
The member countries during the first regional consultation held in Gangtok, India in 2012 have agreed to prepare a feasibility assessment report, conservation strategy, environmental monitoring plan and to enhance cooperation among the member countries for conservation and sustainable development within the landscape.
According to Mr. Nakul Chettri, the Program Coordinator from ICIMOD, the workshop will review and share those findings of the feasibility assessments, finalise the country-wise landscape boundaries, discuss landscape conservation and development opportunities and agree on a work plan for additional activities that needs to be implemented. In addition, the representatives will revise guidelines, formats and timeline for feasibility report, conservation strategy and environmental monitoring plan.
The third day of the workshop will cover a field trip to Taktshang, Drugyal Dzong and Lamperi Botanical Garden.
For more information on Kanchenjunga Landscape, please visit http://www.icimod.org
Compiled by Tshering Doma with photographs by Choidup Zangpo, ICS
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