Water sources protection and rehabilitation of degraded land, Joenkhar, Sakteng, Trashigang
Water sources protection and rehabilitation of degraded land, Joenkhar, Sakteng, Trashigang
Joenkhar village is a small village located in Sakteng gewog in Trashigang Dzongkhag. Sakteng gewog area sprawl about 455 Sq Km and the village lies in the western part of the Sakteng wildlife sanctuary. The forest facing towards North have diverse forest types with dominating families of Luareceae and Fagaceae.
Due to erratic monsoons, several displaced streams are formed which have led to erosions and landslides whereby villagers are experiencing loss of their arable lands. Such loss of arable lands due to monsoons was gradually decreasing the livelihood of already deprived people living in the village. The most of people living in village are merely self-sufficient thus, generation of cash income is very minimal. Other problem the communities in the village constantly face is shortage of water for drinking and irrigation purposes.
Recognizing the intensity of the problem, the Community-Based Organization (CBO) consisting of 64 households called Joenkhar Water Source Protection Group(JWSPG) carried out the project “Water sources protection and rehabilitation of degraded land, Joenkhar” with support from GEF – SGP.
The project aims to rehabilitate degraded land and promote sustainable land management practices to strengthen and stabilize degraded land, increase the productivity of arable lands and improve the livelihood of people in the village. The project also aims to protect critical community water sources and decrease the pressure on nearby forest for firewood.
The project rehabilitated eight hectares of degraded through plantations of various native trees like bamboo, cypress and bluepine. The CBO also protected six community water sources in Yumzangmo forest, location of community water sources with the total area of seven hectares. Through the project, energy efficient cook stoves were provided to community school and institutions which have led to decrease in fuelwood consumption for cooking purposes.
Project also supported cornflake making women’s group by supplying a cornflake machine which will improve the productivity of group in production of cornflakes and ultimately increase the livelihood of the women and their families.
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Project Snapshot

Joenkhar Water Source Protection Group
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 31,550.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 28,700.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Project sustainability
High sustainability: Beneficiaries were actively involved in implementation of project activities thus ensuring the ownership to the project. The group has formed Water User Groups (WUGs) for each water source and members/households will make a very minimal annual contribution to their respective groups. These groups are responsible for timely maintenance and management of water sources.
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SGP Country office contact

Mr. Tenzin Wangchuk
Mr. Tshering Phuntsho
009752322424 (ext:330)


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