About the Project
The project aims to secure the three Transboundary Manas Conservation Area (TraMCA) protected areas in Bhutan, namely Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary, Royal Manas National Park, and Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary. These three protected areas harbor the rich biodiversity along Bhutan’s southern ecosystems, and are important core areas within the TraMCA.
By 2017, representative eco-systems of sub-tropical forest and Savannah grassland of the park under TRAMCA landscape is protected under effective conservation mechanisms for the future generations.
The project implementation plan is a synthesis of proposed activities based on a consultative process, and national program implementation plan submitted by partner. The project is managed by WWF in close collaboration with Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) and Department of Forest and Park Services (DoFPS), who provide administrative and technical support respectively. WWF responsibility also includes monitoring and evaluation of project. The DoFPS has a pool of Park and Functional Division staff at central and field levels who support the implementation of the project activities. WWF has a contractual agreement with the Royal Government and has institutional responsibilities for developing, funding, implementing and monitoring project in Bhutan.
Geographical coverage of project
TraMCA is a conservation landscape that extends along the southeastern Bhutan and northeastern India. It includes several protected areas and reserved forests, connected via habitat corridors along the international boundary between Bhutan and India. The landscape has an important role in meeting global tiger conservation goals; it has potential to double its current tiger population. The landscape’s protected areas are also important for conservation of rhinoceros, elephants, and some endangered, eastern Himalayan endemic species such as the pygmy hog and hispid hare. There are also several important bird species in this landscape, including threatened species such as hornbills, and Bengal florican. While the protected areas provide core refuges for the large, wide-ranging species, the habitat connectivity is essential for metapopulation management to conserve ecological, demographic, and genetic viability.
Project is a collaborative effort between WWF and Royal Government. It is facilitated by the GNHC, DoFPS and WWF with financial support from PRITZKER and WWF Japan. The project’s focal political party is Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.
Project Technical Director
Mr. Phurba Lhendup