Rehabilitation of Degraded Ecosystems, Zangthi
Rehabilitation of Degraded Ecosystems, Zangthi
Zangthi Chiwog under Lauri geog consists of 96 household with three villages namely Gonong 37 hhs, Serjung 39 hhs and Tashiphu 20 hhs. It is one of remotest village in the Dzongkhag and is three days walk from the Drungkhag head quarter Jomotsangkhag. The people of Zangthi raise maize, buck wheat, millet potato and mustard. Maize is a stable food and they rear cattle for domestic purpose and income generation. They also collect chirata for sale and sustain their livelihood.

The CBO with support from SGP Bhutan carried out the project “Rehabilitation of Degraded Ecosystem in Zangthi” with the objectives to:
1. Rehabilitate 50 acres of barren land
2. Rehabilitate and revive the dried lake called Tshothang
3. Sustainable farmland management

Through the project, in 100 acres of barren land around Zangthi village bush clearing and fireline was created around the ecosystem. In 50 acres of land, 10000 forestry tree seedlings and 5000 bamboo rhizomes. The clearing work encourages and facilitates in enhancing the promising natural regeneration of the ecosystem. There is good and visible regeneration of oak and other species observed by all the people there. So, the bush clearing and cleaning activity was good strategy adopted to enhance and encourage coming up natural regeneration.
The trenches and check dams were constructed at strategic locations to prevent hazardous runoff during monsoon seasons.

Two community water source, which caters to 58 households of Rashithang and Zangthi Gonong were protected. In order to reduce the pressure on nearby forest for firewood and further degrade the already degraded land, the community institutions like five monasteries, two schools and four households were provided with energy efficient cook stoves. Energy efficient cook stoves will minimize the heavy dependence on fuelwood like the trend of the past before the installation of such cooking stoves was done.

The lake Tshothang were revived through plantation and fencing the lake area. Two hundred and fifty meters of 90mm HDPE pipe stretching from the source located far above the lake was fitted on the path to reviving lake at Tshothang.

Training on sustainable farmland management were provided to the farmers. As most of the farmers of Zangthi have sloppy farmlands, farmers there used napier slips on the contours of equal interval using the A-frame on sloppy farmlands. Napier will give them fodder in two years for their cattle. Twenty farmers planted one hundred thousand napier slips on twenty acres of their sloppy farmlands.

The project has by-laws in place to make it sustainable for all times. Otherwise the project would merely move forward. The bylaws are drawn for managing lake, cooking stoves, napier, cypress seedlings and taking care of rehab degraded forest ecosystem. Nevertheless, the forestry sector in joint working with the Gewog administration of Lauri will work to sustain the heavily invested project.

The scenic display of the place was very scary to witness by the viewers before. The ecosystem of Zangthi is now no scarier. The rehabilitation work is very successful and the impact is visible now. The ecosystem is now recovering from risky degradation.
Another successful outcome is successful making of a base for sustainable farmland management at Zangthi where most of the erosion prone farmlands are now barred from erosion. The farmers can now reap the 100% harvests because of the sustainable farmland management is in place.

The project has by-laws in place to make it sustainable for all times. Otherwise the project would merely move forward. The bylaws are drawn for managing lake, cooking stoves, napier, cypress seedlings and taking care of forest ecosystem. Nevertheless, the forestry sector in joint working with the Gewog administration of Lauri will work to sustain the heavily invested project.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Zangthi Shingmen Thoenkay Tshogpa
Country:
Bhutan
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 48,300.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 42,800.00
Project Number:
BHU/SGP/OP5/Y4/CORE/BD/2014/01
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
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