Bhutan joins RAMSAR
Bhutan joins the race to cover 250 million hectares of protected area by 2015 as it joins Ramsar Convention on Saving Wetlands as the 161st contracting party. Bumdeling and Khotokha now bear the flags as two of the Ramsar wetlands of international importance.
Bumdeling under Tashiyangtse Dzongkhag, is located in North-Eastern Bhutan at an altitude of 1900 m. It is an important wintering ground for some 160 Black-necked Cranes (Grus nigricollis) and falls under the Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary.
Khotokha has marshes of important hydrological value and water sources. It is located 2600 m under Wangdue Dzongkhag in western Bhutan. It is one of the three broad highland valleys towards the West of the Jigmi Singye Wangchuck National Park and is a potential area for conservation and sustainable land use practices.