Community forests and water resources management project
Community forests and water resources management project
Kokayphu village is one of the remotest villages in Khar gewog in Pemagatshel Dzongkhag (District) and most of the households are poor. Due to increasing population there is heavy dependence on forest and other natural resources. All this has led to drying of nearby limited area of water catchment and sources: the village has only 79.4 acres of area of water catchment.

Thus, the project "Community forests and water resources management project,” was carried with Rigey Water Users Tshogpa, a community based group to protect the water catchments to prevent drying up of water source and land degradation and also ensure continuous flow of water supply. In addition, the project will also look into conversation of local beans thus preventing loss of cereal diversity and enhancing the livelihood of the people in the village as well. Therefore, the project aims to
i. Protect water source/catchment area by planting and fencing
ii. Conserve and prevent loss of local bean whilst enhancing livelihood
iii. Awareness and capacity building on water catchment management
The project has protected 79.4 acres of water catchment areas thus ensuring continuous supply of water for both irrigating and drinking purposes to 12 households in the village. The native sapling plantations were done around the water sources and we have learned survival rates are good. The conservation of local beans was carried out, otherwise which could have lost, and seedlings were distributed and cultivated in their fields.
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Project Snapshot

Rigey Water Users' Tshogpa
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 9,900.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 1,600.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 6,700.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Project sustainability
High Sustainability: Beneficiaries were actively and directly involved in implementation of project thus ensuring ownership to the project and they were sensitized on protection and sustainable practices of land and water source management.
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SGP Country office contact

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


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