Natural Energy Tapping for Environmental Conservation inorder to reduce the environmental degradation and preserve forest to serve as global carbon sink and bring about awareness amongst the monks and the local community on environmental conservation in Shingkhar, Bumthang.
Natural Energy Tapping for Environmental Conservation inorder to reduce the environmental degradation and preserve forest to serve as global carbon sink and bring about awareness amongst the monks and the local community on environmental conservation in Shingkhar, Bumthang.
Shingkhar Dechenling Gonpa and Dokri Rinchen Jungney Sherda under Bumthang District had played a vital role in serving the local communities through various local pujas, birth and death rituals, annual gatherings and providing free learning opportunities to the needy individuals. Till date, Shingkhar Dechenling Gonpa caters to over 30 households in Shingkhar village and around 60 households in Ura village.

The Dokri Rinchen Jungney Sherda provides learning facilities to over 40 children coming from Trashigang, Trongsa, Mongar district and Shingkhar and Ura village. Most of these children are from economically challenged background, where their parents are unable to pay school fees, uniform and other related costs and there are children who have also lost both parents.

While running these institutes, we realized that the demand for usage of firewood in daily cooking, celebrations of annual pujas and tshechus consume around 16-17 truckloads of fire wood. With such kind of fire wood consumption, the goal of conserving 60% forest coverage in Bhutan is challenged without any doubt. Moreover, this valley is famous for Masataki and other edible mushrooms. Many households in Shingkhar village survive on the harvest of these mushrooms. With the felling of more trees, these local mushrooms will be endangered, thus posing the livelihoods of the mushroom dependents at stake.

The Gakhil Tshogpa (GT) aims to seek alternatives in finding possible solutions in saving trees and the forest products.

The main objective of the project is:
1. To reduce environmental degradation;
2. To preserve forest products such as masatake (mushrooms);
3. To Reduce firewood consumption;
4. To Improve Learning capacity on biodiversity conservation and climate change effects;
5. To improve the carbon sequestration.

To realize the above objectives, the project aims to carry out the following activities:
1. Procurement of Solar lights and Solar Water Heating Systems;
2. Procurement of improved stoves
3. Transportation
4. Environmental Education Workshop (2 times);
5. Project Evaluation.

Project Development:
The first environmental workshop was conducted in July 2009. During the workshop, Mr. Bruce Brunting from WWF gave a short talk on global efforts towards conservation, and informed the mass about the global warming, importance of environmental conservation and related it to the Bhutanese context. The Park Manager from Thrumshingla National Park also shared a detailed knowledge on environmental conservation and its roles in the daily lives of the farmers especially in Shingkhar village, asking the people of Shingkhar village to take extra initiative to preserve the local woods especially because the Shingkhar forest houses so many varieties of mushrooms and herbal medicinal plants that could fetch a very good global market. The youth and monks from Shingkhar were also equal representative to the local people.

The other subject that was covered was on sanitation practices and the health officials were supportive in creating awareness on the healthy way of living. Students and teachers of the Shingkhar Community School were also invited.

Problems/Difficulties in project implementation:
Shingkhar is located at 1100 meters above sea level. It gets very cold and the winter start early which is from Mid October. Due to the severe winter conditions, it was difficult to take any cement and sand related work since it does not set well enough. Due to this the installation of the stoves and solar gyesers will be done only by 2nd quarter of 2010.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Gakhil Tshogpa
Country:
Bhutan
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 31,798.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 4,255.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 8,239.50
Project Number:
BHU/SGP/OP4/Y2/CORE/09/02
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed

Partnership

Community Contribution, Gakhil Tshogpa, and Dzongkhag contribution

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