Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN) was established in 1987 and is the only non-profit organization in Bhutan exclusively concerned with the conservation of Bhutan’s environment. Over the years, it has evolved as a complementary partner to the Royal Government in its endeavors to conserve Bhutan’s rich natural resource base and also works with several international conservation organizations towards this goal. RSPN’s mission is to inspire personal responsibility and actively involve the people of Bhutan in the conservation of the country’s environment through education, applied research and information dissemination, and collaboration with concerned agencies and indigenous institutions. RSPN’s goals, are to 1) Conserve endangered species outside the protected area system; 2) Develop ecosystem based approaches to management in areas outside the protected area system; 3) Support management of emerging urban environmental issues; 4) Enhance institutional capacity for environmental education, ecological research and community based natural research management.
The Bhutan Foundation provided funds to RSPN for infrastructure development in building the new RSPN headquarters and an Environmental Center. The Bhutan Foundation supports capacity building and the development of management skills of RSPN. In 2007, we supported a staff from RSPN to gain further education in a Masters Program and the work of a renowned Bhutanese botanist who is also a staff of RSPN. The Clean Bhutan Campaign, an awareness program to keep the city clean, was also led by RSPN and partly funded by the Bhutan Foundation.