On Tuesday, 30 November, WWF-Bhutan in collaboration with the implementing partners – Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS), National Land Commission Secretariat (NLCS), Tarayana Foundation and other stakeholders hosted an inception meeting on development of High Conservation Values (HCV) National Interpretation (NI) of Bhutan. The objectives of the inception meeting were to introduce HCV and kickstart HCV National Interpretation development process which would be the first of the many stakeholders engagement. The NI is a key guiding document which will define key terms and concept of HCV in the context of Bhutan, and guide adoption and implementation of HCV in Bhutan.
The development of NI is part of the Living Landscapes: securing High Conservation Values (HCV) in south-western Bhutan project which aims to secure biological, ecological, and social or cultural values of significance in the areas outside the protected areas systems in the nine south- western districts of Bhutan. The project was formally launched by Hon’ble Minister, Lyonpo Yeshey Penjor, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan on 29 October 2020.
In total, 55 participants from more than 20 organizations including representatives from the Government and civil society organization participated in the meeting.
The project is funded through International Climate Initiative (IKI) by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The project is being implemented by the WWF Bhutan and Tarayana Foundation, in collaboration with Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS) and National Land Commission Secretariat (NLCS), supported by Ministry of Agriculture and Forests; and Gross National Happiness Commission Secretariat (GNHCS) of the Royal Government of Bhutan.
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