Exposure Visit to Kangchenjunga Landscape Areas of Bhutan, India and Nepal

The Kangchenjunga Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KLCDI) was conceived and launched in 2012 by Nepal, Bhutan and India.  The Landscape is diverse geographically, socio-culturally and in terms of ecosystem features, climate, and more importantly, diversity of flora and fauna, including endemic and endangered species. Given its conservation and development significance, the Governments of three countries nominated collaborating partner institutions and have agreed to a long term transboundary collaboration to promote conservation and development of the landscape. The collaborating partner institutions are the Wildlife Conservation Division of the Department of Forest and Park Services in Bhutan; GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED) and Forest Departments of West Bengal and Sikkim in India; the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MFSC) and Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST) of the Tribhuvan University in Nepal. 

The main purpose of this visit is to share learning and experiences from the local level conservation authorities, development practitioners and experts; identify some key transboundary issues with local level solutions.  This exposure visit will enable stakeholders to interact with and learn from others, allowing them to view practical examples in the field.  We believe this visit will enhance the understanding of local issues, by visiting the landscape and interacting with key stakeholders. This firsthand experience from the field will support participatory planning during the programme development. The specific objectives of the visit are:
  • To provide a platform to  local authorities and stakeholders to examine, discuss, exchange ideas and learn about the transboundary issues, opportunities and solutions;
  • To enhance participants' knowledge on the transboundary issues that they would like to discuss through exposure to the areas having similar cases;
  • To identify major challenges and issues at the micro scale ( local level) and its impacts at macro scale (transboundary level) 
Expected Outputs
  • Better understanding on transboundary issues as part of the cross learning and sharing of knowledge and information on conservation and development practices among Nepal, India and Bhutan
  • Linkages of local issues with regional  and  transborder activities, issues, management interventions and good practices;
  • Identify possible solutions on key issues discussed during exposure visit and draft an action plan, that will contribute to Conservation and Development Strategy and Action Plan, and also to Programme Document during the development phase of KLCDI, with focus on priority areas;
  • Team building and awareness amongst partners for forming joint action plans for transboundary resources management.