Reducing of environment pressure from over grazing and extraction of natural resources
Reducing of environment pressure from over grazing and extraction of natural resources
Soe gewog (sub-districts) is one of the remotest gewogs under Thimphu Dzongkhag located in northwest of the country. The gewog lies in the alpine region at the altitude of 3400meters to 6700 meters above the sea levels and the areas are rangeland. Rangeland in Bhutan is known as “Tsamdro” which means a free grazing land at the altitude of 3000 to 5000 meters above the sea level. It is a niche habitat for rich biodiversity of flora and fauna which are endemic and endangered. The gewog consist of 28 households with the population of 255 as per the 2010 census.
People in the Gewog are nomads and their main income is livestock rearing. Yak population in Soe Gewog is 1724 and 200 plus horses as per the 2012 livestock census. Other than the livestock activities they do cordycep collection and transportation of tourist pony seasonally. Due to unsustainable practices and utilization of natural resources; heavy dependence on forest for fuelwood, no improved pasture and fodder trees, increasing unproductive yaks, human wildlife conflict, unawareness among the population on sustainable management of natural resources, have resulted in land degradation and deforestation. In addition, Soe community also experience diminishing trend in quality and quantity of clean water; due to deforestation, water sources are drying up, loss of water retention, lack maintenance and contamination by humans and animals.

The project “Reducing of environment pressure from over grazing and extraction of natural resources” was carried out by Jomolhari Lanor Thuenkuen Tshogpa in partnership with GEF-Small Grants Programme Bhutan to combat the problems of land degradation and deforestation. Thus, project aims to sustainably manage the degraded land and reduce the pressure on environment for fuel wood and fodder.
The key activities of the project are manage degraded, protection of critical water sources, development of improved pasture land and facilitate people with improvement livestock equipment.
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Project Snapshot

Jomolhari Lanor Thuenkuen Tshogpa
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 29,350.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 24,500.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
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Mr. Tenzin Wangchuk
Mr. Tshering Phuntsho
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