August 5-11, Haa: A week long training on the ‘Participatory Ecosystem Based Planning and Management (PEBPM)’ was organised by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and co-hosted by the Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS). Thirty-three participants comprised of mid-level technicians and development workers from the three member countries of the Kangchenjunga Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KLCDI) attended it.
The training built and strengthened the participants’ knowledge on PEBPM who were introduced to the various tools of participatory rural appraisal and also provided hands-on the usage of the tools with the communities in Bji geog.
The KLCDI is an attempt of the three member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalaya region, Bhutan, India and Nepal to join hands together to preserve the unique biological diversity and ecosystem goods and services while developing the livelihood of the local communities. The Landscape is diverse geographically, socio-culturally and in terms of ecosystem features, climate, and more importantly, diversity of flora and fauna, including endemic and endangered species. Given its conservation and development significance, the Governments of three countries nominated collaborating partner institutions and have agreed to a long term transboundary collaboration to promote conservation and development of the landscape.
The collaborating partner institutions are the Wildlife Conservation Division of DoFPS, Bhutan; GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development and Forest Departments of West Bengal and Sikkim in India, the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation and Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology of the Tribhuvan University in Nepal.
Ecosystem Management for sustaining goods and services is the core programme of KLCDI which includes the active participation of local communities and collaboration with relevant stakeholders during situation analysis, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation phases.
Submitted by Wildlife Conservation Division, DoFPS
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