Institutional Based Natural Resource Management to Combat Climate Change, Pemagatshel
Institutional Based Natural Resource Management to Combat Climate Change, Pemagatshel
Khahor village is one of the remotest village in Khar gewog in Pemagatshel Dzongkhag (district). Due to increasing population, their pressure and heavy dependence on forest and other natural resources has also proportionately increase and this has resulted in degradation of water catchment area and drying up of water sources. There is frequent occurrence of erosion of topsoil and shortage of water supply for both drinking and irrigating purposes. In addition, Khahor lhakhang (monastery), a small institute in village, it also contributes to huge consumption of natural resources i.e. forest for firewood and currently they consume approximately two truckloads of firewood monthly.
Thus, the project “Institutional Based Natural Resource Management to Combat Climate Change” was carried out with Khahor Aii Sam Tshogpa, a community based group to protect and sustainably manage water catchment areas and reduce dependence on forest and other natural resources to combat climate change and prevent loss of biodiversity. Therefore, the project aims to:
i. Protect water source/catchment area through plantations and fencing
ii. Installation of rain water harvesting to address water shortage
iii. Awareness and capacity building on water catchment management
iv. Installation of fuel efficient cook stoves to reduce pressure on forest for firewood
The project has protected and sustainably managed 4 square kilometer of water catchment areas thus, has safeguarded locally endangered flora and fauna species. In order to prevent erosions and slides, check dams were constructed at strategic locations. Moreover, rain water harvesting system was installed at the monastery to address the shortage of water supply and availability of safe drinking water. Improved efficient cooking stoves were provided to monastery and currently, their consumption of fuel wood has immensely reduced by 60% thereby reducing emission of CO2.
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Project Snapshot

Khahor Aii Sam Tshogpa
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 16,270.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 11,950.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Project sustainability
High Sustainability: Beneficiaries were actively and directly involved in implementation of project thus ensuring ownership to the project and they were sensitized on protection and sustainable practices of land and water source management.
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Mr. Tshering Phuntsho
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