In­ter­na­tional Bio­di­ver­sity Day cel­e­brated to high­light progress made in its ob­jec­tive

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

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.

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