International bio–diversity day celebrated
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.