In­ter­na­tional bio–di­ver­sity day cel­e­brated

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B hutan Me­dia & Com­mu­ni­ca­tions In­sti­tute is cel­e­brat­ing the In­ter­na­tional Bio-Di­ver­sity Day 2016 with River Guides of Pan­bang, stu­dents of Son­amthang Cen­tral School, Pan­bang Com­mu­nity Pry School and the lo­cal com­mu­nity to­day.

Clean­ing cam­paign along the banks of Drang­m­ey­chhu River and Pan­bang town will aslo be car­ried out.

The clean­ing cam­paign is planned in ac­cor­dance to the theme of “main­stream­ing bio­di­ver­sity; sus­tain­ing peo­ple and their liveli­hoods”, as the river has been an in­spi­ra­tion for the peo­ple to start eco tourism and white wa­ter raft­ing.

Open­ing ser­vices like river raft­ing, eco tour- ism etc has also helped en­cour­age peo­ple to stay back in their vil­lages and earn their liveli­hoods in­stead of com­ing to ur­ban ar­eas for job op­por­tu­ni­ties. As one of the bio-di­ver­sity hotspots it also houses Royal Manas Na­tional Park, the old­est na­tional park in the coun­try.

The aim of the pro­gram is to clean the river­bank of Drang­mey- chhu, which is be­com­ing pol­luted mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to main­tain clean­li­ness. This would also cre­ate aware­ness among the peo­ple on the im­por­tance of clean and healthy river sys­tem and ben­e­fits they could reap from a healthy ecosys­tem.

River Guides of Pan­bang is the first com­mu­nity based eco-tourism com­pany which started in Novem­ber 2012. It aims to work for the preser­va­tion of the rich bio­di­ver­sity along the cor­ri­dors of Royal Manas Na­tional Park and also de­velop eco-tourism ac­tiv­i­ties in the com­mu­nity.

The pro­gram is funded by the In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre for In­te­grated Moun­tain De­vel­op­ment (ICIMOD). BMCI is ICIMOD’s knowl­edge part­ner in Bhutan.

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