Promoting traditional tea making through conservation and sustainable use of local resources
Promoting traditional tea making through conservation and sustainable use of local resources
Thrigoen Pema Woeling Gonpa is in Trashiyangtse Dzongkhag and in the area, many traditional herbs are grown. One of the herbs/plant species which is abundantly grown and available is Prunus sp./Lhakai Leetong also, there is an existent of traditional knowledge associated with making of local tea leaf using this local plant. However, due to lack of awareness, the traditional knowledge is not put into use in making of local tea leaf thus, both plant and traditional knowledge is in verge of extinction.
The project “Promoting traditional tea making through conservation and sustainable use of local resources” is carried out through support from SGP by monk body of the gonpa. The project will promote the conservation of local plant biodiversity by demonstrating the sustainable use of this resource in an innovative way based on the traditional knowledge i.e. producing tea leaf. The immediate outputs of the project were:
i. Sensitized and advocated monks and local community on importance to conserve local biodiversity
ii. Capacity development of 10 monks on sustainable harvesting of tea carried out,
iii. Developed nursery: 500 seedlings cultivated in 15*5 sqfts land,
iv. Documentation of Traditional Knowledge on local tea making is completed,
v. Dryers, Frames, Cook stoves, Grinding machine is purchased and installed and established fully equipped tea making firm at Gonpa
vi. Packaging plan done.
The project has established small fully equipped Bhutanese Tea manufacturing firm at Thrigoen Pema Woeling Gonpa employing 10 monks currently. The monks of the Gonpa and surrounding community were sensitized and made aware on conservation of local biodiversity. The one week training was provided to ten monks of the Gonpa on sustainable harvesting of Sorbus Hedlundii and how it can used in making traditional tea.
With the help from project, our target beneficiary, the monks of Gonpa are able to produce the Bhutanese tea and market the tea for sale during trade shows in Bumthang and Wangdue Phodrang. The monk not only knows how to manufacture the tea but also, have been able to earn a minimal income and has sustainable and reliable source of income. The local community in the area has been benefitted too as they got an opportunity to earn some wage and for being the source of raw materials, Sorbus Hedlundi.
In the future, there will be many benefits in terms of creation of jobs for the youths and monk. The local community will be encouraged to cultivate Sorbus Hedlundi which will ultimately, lead to enhancement of their livelihood as they will have opportunity to make some earning by supplying Sorbus Hedlundi to firm. Also, community may explore the opportunities for such other indigenous and endangered plants which will not only generate income for them but also contribute towards conservation of biodiversity.

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Project Snapshot

Thrichu Goenpa
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 21,300.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 19,900.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Project sustainability
High Sustainability: Plantation, Harvesting, Production and overall management are done by monks themselves which ensure the perpetuity of project and there is demand for traditional teas.
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