Rehabilitation of Luetsho Kha Lake
Rehabilitation of Luetsho Kha Lake
The lake is located beside Samtengang Middle Secondary School under Nyisho Gewog in Wangdue Phodrang Dzongkhag and holds an important place in the lives of the people. There are beliefs associated with the lake, which makes it a sacred for the people living here. The lake was once very beautiful with clear water and few plants growing in it. It is rich in fish and reptile diversity and also serves as a passage habitat for number of migratory birds. Further it bring downstream benefits to over 400 households. However it has now become a sad sight as it is fully covered with weeds and grasses. Though the school and community tried to remove it using locally available materials, it wasn’t successful. Even the volume of water seems to be decreasing though efforts were made to increase the same.
Through the visual observation made by local communities and the Samtengang Middle School officials, it has been observed that the lake is infested with an invasive water weed as well as the level of water in the lake is decreasing every year. The study revealed invasion of the lake by following invasive species: Water hyacinth, Eichhornia crassipes; Water couch, Paspalum distichum; Water shield, Brasenia schreberi; Juncus wallichianus (native Rush); and Schoenoplectus mucronatus
Considering the lake holds an important place in the lives of the people of Nyisho Gewog both culturally and in physical existence. Therefore, drying up of lake may cause ecological imbalance. An urgent need to take an integrated and balance approach in managing the lake was felt necessary. Thus, the objectives of the proposed project are:
i. To remove invasive species and restore the lake
ii. Increase community stewardship for long-term lake management
iii. Look at the ecological, biological and watershed aspects of the lake to ensure the lake management takes integrated approach.
The project “Rehabilitation of Luetsho Kha Lake” was proposed for SGP funding and project was initiated in September, 2013. The Luetsho Kha Tsho Zinchong Tshoga was formed and the Tshogpa mobilized the people and coordinated with stakeholders in successfully completing the project. The people of the gewog and school community were advocated on project and weeds.
The community of Samtengang through the financial support of SGP has initiated manual removal of the invasive weeds and rehabilitation of the 6 hectare lake. Considering the massive work, SGP’s initiative could complete only about 20% of removal of weeds besides fencing and recharging of the lake. The complete removal of the weeds and rehabilitating the lake to its past glory will be carried out through additional project support of US$ 50823 provided by Bhutan Trust Fund for Environment Conservation.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Luetsho Kha Tsho Zinchong Tshogpa
Country:
Bhutan
Area Of Work:
International Waters
Grant Amount:
US$ 33,250.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 33,500.00
Project Number:
BHU/SGP/OP5/Y3/STAR/IW/2013/05
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Project sustainability
High Sustainability: Communities around the lake is concerned on conserving and preserving the lake as it holds culture and physical importance. School and gewog has closely and actively worked towards cleaning and preserving the lake.
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