5-11 August 2015, Haa: A week long training on the “Participatory Ecosystem Based Planning and Management” was organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and co-hosted by the Department of Forests and Park Services. The participants comprised of key officials from the three member countries of the Kangchenjunga Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative.
The Kangchenjunga Landscape Conservation Development initiative 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 the Department of Forest and Park Services in Bhutan; GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED) and Forest Departments of West Bengal and Sikkim in India; the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MoFSC) and Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST) of the Tribhuvan University in Nepal.
The main objective of the training was to build and strengthen the participant’s knowledge on Participatory ecosystem based planning and management. A total of 33 participants were trained on the PEBPM wherein the participants 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 gewog.