International Biodiversity Day celebrated to highlight progress made in its objective
To highlight progress made in the achievement of its objectives at the national and global levels, International Biodiversity Day was celebrated last Tuesday in the capital.
The theme for this year was “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity” to mark the 25th anniversary of the International Convention on Biological Diversity.
The National Biodiversity Centre in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund, UNDP Bhutan, National Environment Commis- sion and Royal Society for Protection of Nature organized a celebration for International Biodiversity Day.
Biodiversity Day is a United Nations–sanctioned international day to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
Sangay Dema, Principal Biodiversity Officer, National Biodiversity Centre under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests said that the day is observed to increase awareness and understanding what are the biodiversity issues.
She said that celebrating the 25 years actions for biodiversity, we not only celebrated our past actions and success but more importantly prepare for the future actions.
The day was celebrated with 180 students from high schools in Thimphu and Royal Thimphu College and students from Wangsel Institute, Paro.
Bringing youths for the day, Sangay Dema said that with the attending of youths to the functions, they hope that it will be playing a small
role on nature conservation among our youth as youth will be first barrier of nature conservation.
The special advisor to the National Environment Commission, Dasho Paljor J. Dorji who is the Guest of honor shared his past experienced to the gathering that in 1992 when he was ambassador in United Nation in Geneva, also the year of earth summit, Dasho said “I was asked to join the Bhutanese delegation.” “During the summit, we Bhutan signed very important convention that is climate change convention and biodiversity convention.”
Dasho added that when they came back to Bhutan, “I was recalled in 1994 and asked to head the environment sector here in Bhutan and asked to be the head of National Environment Commission (NEC) secretariat.”
“We have to rectify two treaties that we had singed but we have to look back that what we will be gaining from rectifying of these two treaties,” added the Dasho.
In adding that, Dasho said that there was no problem with the climate change, it was wonderful. The treaty was great and saw lots of future how Bhutan could participate positively and contribute to global country in activity for climate change.
“But when it comes to biodiversity, that convention asks us to open our back bone and ask the people to take what you want. But we are not yet in a position to look after and protect diverse biodiversity that the Bhutan has which are being bound yet to be bound.”
However, Dasho added that he was made to sign otherwise no more money from the global environment facility.
Dasho added that time has changed; today we are much better position that we were then 1994 to take care of our biodiversity, our nature and our country.
“Now we have lot of money coming from the global environment facility.” The global environment facility provide with first US$10M to fund Bhutan Trust Fund for environment conservation,” added the Dasho Paljor J. Dorji.
National Environment Commission presenting about the publication “25 years of partnership: 1992 -2017”, which provides glimpses of environmental actions in Bhutan in the last 25 years.