Sustainable rangeland management and reducing pressure on environment, Cherburling, Merak, Trashigang
Sustainable rangeland management and reducing pressure on environment, Cherburling, Merak, Trashigang
Cherbuling is situated in the upper reaches of the Cherubling Yudiree watershed and is the winter grazing area of semi-nomadic yak herders from Merak Geog; with unique lifestyle, culture and tradition. Key issues of the herders were: poor living standard (families living in bamboo huts at over 2800 masl and heavily dependent on natural resources); degradation of rangeland; and depletion of water sources.

Thus, there was an urgent need to address the problem of degradation of rangeland, heavy dependence on natural resources for their living and depletion of water sources, hence, the project “Sustainable rangeland management and reducing pressure on environment” was initiated. The project objectives were:
• To rehabilitate critical water sources and degraded areas.
• To reduce fuel wood consumption through efficient cooking energy.
• Restoration of barren areas with fodder species to reduce insufficiency of fodder.
• Supply of environment-friendly roofing materials like CGI sheet to reduce deforestation and pressure on natural resources.
• To improve access and sanitation to safe drinking water and to formulate community-based drinking water regulation enhancing aquatic flora and fauna in pristine state.

Through the project, the families were supplied CGI sheets; 95 families now have semi-permanent houses which are warmer and energy efficient. This has resulted in saving of 19950 bamboos a year, which is one of the key sources of food for Red Panda found in the area.

95 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. This has minimized heavy dependence on natural resources and conflict with Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary. In addition, seven community water sources are safeguarded, and degrading range-land brought under protection and sustainable management.
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Project Snapshot

Cherburling Rangeland Management Group
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 44,250.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 27,300.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Project sustainability
High Sustainability: Beneficiaries were actively involved in implementation of project and are sensitized on protection and sustainable practices of fodder land.
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