Sustainable Livelihood through Alternative Energy Use, Watershed Management and Animal Husbandry to conserve biodiversity within the park, rehabilitate the water catchment reduce fuelwood by using biogas.
Sustainable Livelihood through Alternative Energy Use, Watershed Management and Animal Husbandry to conserve biodiversity within the park, rehabilitate the water catchment reduce fuelwood by using biogas.
Farmer group existing in Tsamang geog covering the villages of Tsamang and Banjar have had consultative meetings with officials from Thrimshingla National Park. The park has been planning and implementing 'Integrated Conservation and Development Programmes' for the last five years. There is sense of enthusiam from the community and an inherent sense of trust towards the park. The park is in a position to rally additional support and there is great opportunity for this grass root community organizations to be self sustaining.

The park is currently implementing the LINKPA (Linking and Enhancing Protected Areas) project which is jointly funded by the UNDP GEF, WWF and RGoB. Over the last few years, the park has gained considerable experience in community mobilization, fostering partnerships and project management.

The farmers of Tsamang and Banjar rely heavily on the nearby forests for their timber, grazing, energy and water needs. Fuelwood use is high due to lack of efficient cooking stoves. Changing Climate Change coupled with over grazing and high resource extraction has let to degradation of watersheds and subsequent drying up of water sources, affecting biodiversity as a whole.

The project aims to address these problems by initiating community consultations, capacity building and implementation of relevant strategies through appropriate activities.

The obective of the project is the following:
1. To conserve the biodiversity within the park;
2. To rehabilitate the watercatchment which has dried up;
3. To reduce fuelwood consumption by pilot testing the biogas technology.

The project activities includes the following:
1. Community Consultations;
2. Farmers training on watershed management;
3. Plantation and restoration of degraded areas;
4. Drinking water supply restoration;
5. Farmers' training on livestock management;
6. Formation of Dairy Cooperative;
7. Promotion and installation of biogas plants;
8. Consultations between stakeholders.

Progress Report:
The following project activities were completed:
1. Community Consultations with Tsamang and Banjar village;
2. Farmers Training on livestock management;
3. Training on Book Keeping and Record keeping for the key project representatives;
4. Farmers Training on Group Concept Training and Formation of Farmers' Group (Dairy Cooperatives)
5. Farmers Study Tour.

Problems and difficulties:
Need various stakeholders and takes time in different stages of activities for the actual implementation of the project and extends beyond the project workplan.

Request for revision in project duration or activities (if any).

Yes, the TGT have requested for project duration and accordingly have amended the MOA and uploaded in the Database.


 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Tsamang Gongphel Tshogpa
Country:
Bhutan
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Climate Change Mitigation
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 26,198.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 16,194.00
Project Number:
BHU/OP3/Y2/07/15
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Replication of project activities
Community Forest establishment is mainstreamed in national development plans and policies and currently the country has established over 100 Community Forests.
Policy Influence
Community Forestry mainstreamed into the Forest Policy. Sustainable utilization of NWFPs recognized as one of the viable initiatives to reduce rural poverty. NWFP management guidelines issued by Department of Forests
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Partnership

Helvetas, Community Contribution and RGOB

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Tenzin Wangchuk
Phone:
009752322424
Email:
Mr. Tshering Phuntsho
Phone:
009752322424 (ext:330)
Email:

Address

UN House, Peling Lam (Street), Kawajangsa, Thimphu, P.O. Box No. 162
Thimphu, Bhutan, 11001