Enhancing local stewardship of alpine ecosystems through incentive-based bio-cultural diversity conservation in Dagala
Enhancing local stewardship of alpine ecosystems through incentive-based bio-cultural diversity conservation in Dagala
Dagala is the remotest gewog in Thimphu dzongkhag (District). Owing to its alpine ecosystems and transhumant pastoralists, the area serves as a rich reservoir of Bhutanese highland bio-cultural diversity. The natural environment houses some extraordinary alpine biodiversity including the Blue Poppy and many medicinal plants and wild flowers. Mammals prevalent in the area include Himalayan Black Bear, Wolf, Common Leopard, and Tiger and it is also home to to rich avifauna including the Monal Pheasant. Moreover, the area has numerous beautiful high altitude mountain lakes ranging from smaller ones to fairly big ones. It is a popular trekking route for the tourists and popularly known as Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek. Many lakes are sacred with deep reverence to religious and mythical tales and hence the area is also a place of pilgrimage for many Bhutanese nationals.
There are about 44 households, 24 permanent houses at Geytala and Dungdro villages and 20 semi-permanent houses in Wangdro village in Dagala. Yak herding is the main livelihood of the people. Total yak holdings ranges from 40 heads to over 200 heads, with an average holding of about 80 heads. The villagers lead semi-nomadic lives and they have houses with shingles roof which needs to be replaced every year. Due to cold weather, the fuel wood consumption is very high. Hence, their dependence on forest and natural resources is very high.
Also, there is an issue of negative aspects of tourism; small trees are fallen and surroundings are littered. Therefore, the project
Therefore, “Enhancing local stewardship of alpine ecosystems through incentive-based bio-cultural diversity conservation” in Dagala was carried out with Dagala Ngamsung Tshogpa to:
i. Reduce dependency of villagers on forest and other natural resources
ii. Ensure equitable sharing of benefits from ecosystem services such as tourism through community-based trail and campsite management
Through the project, the families were supplied CGI sheets; 42 households now have semi-permanent houses which are warmer and energy efficient. This has resulted in saving of 1000 fir trees annually which otherwise would be used as shingles for their roof. In order to prevent tourist from felling of trees and shrubs, the campsite development at five different places were carried out: a kitchen and a toilet were constructed at each site and three trail route was maintained.
In addition, 42 families were also provided fuel efficient heat/cook stove, which has resulted in reduced use of fuel wood and improved health and sanitation of families, mainly women and children.


Project Snapshot

Dagala Ngamsung Tshogpa
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 26,200.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 28,550.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Project sustainability
High Sustainability: Beneficiaries were actively involved in implementation of project thus ensuring ownership to the project and they were sensitized on protection and sustainable practices of utilizing natural resources.
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