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Overview

The Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS) is one of the oldest government departments established way back in 1952. During this initial inception period and until the early 1980s, the department used to be manned by foresters from India on deputation owing to the absence of national capacities. Since its establishment then and now, several paradigm shifts has been witnessed both in the way forest resources are managed and the maturation of the department. National capacities have been developed and now DoFPS is fully manned by nationals; and several legal and institutional changes have been brought in for sustainable management of forest resources and enhancement of service delivery to the public.

A massive political change has taken place in Bhutan in 2008 – the year of endorsement of the Constitution of Bhutan; the establishment of Constitutional Parliamentary Democracy; and the establishment of an elected government. Such a profound change in governance system in the country has also profound implications for government institutions, particularly in the way they function and deliver public services. Along with this historic change in the governance system of the country several important development and policy agendas have been taken up. Some of the major ones include the endorsement of the 10th FYP by the Parliament in December 2008; Ministry of Agriculture’s initiation of the revision of the National Forest Policy of 1974 and Forest and Nature Conservation Act of 1995. Both these documents have profound implications for the Department of Forest and Park Services in terms of its roles and responsibilities.

Further a review of the DoFPS roles and responsibilities is required to redefine the institutional and organizational roles for ensuring sustainable management of forest resources, efficient and effective forestry administration and service delivery.

Mandates and functions of DoFPS

  1. Ensuring the maintenance of a minimum of 60% of the country’s geographical area under forest cover for all times to come as mandated by the Constitution of Bhutan through development and implementation of forestry programs;
  2. Conservation, protection, sustainable management and utilization of state forests, forest soil, water resources and biodiversity through insightful application of good science and science based management prescriptions;
  3. Contribute to production of food, water, energy and other commodities by effectively coordinating between forestry, farming systems and other agencies;
  4. Facilitate development of forest based industries to contribute to local and national economics, and to create employment opportunities;
  5. Facilitate the empowerment of rural communities for the stewardship and management of local forest resources and NWFPs for income generation and livelihood enhancement and contribute to poverty reduction through enactment of enabling policies, legislations, strategies, plans and programs;
  6. Ensuring progressive forestry research to provide relevant analyses on forest resources data for formulation of effective policies, plans, strategies, rules and regulations for sustainable forest management;
  7. Ensuring transparent and enhanced delivery of forestry services to the public through appropriate development of forestry administration, organization, capacity and facilities;
  8. Ensuring to meet the demands of urban recreation and education needs through creation and establishment of urban parks and gardens;
  9. Ensuring Bhutan’s commitments to international and regional conventions, treaties and non-legally binding instruments through participation, facilitating and enactment of enabling policies, legislations, strategies, plans, and programs;
  10. Maintaining effective coordination with forestry related institutions both within and outside the country for enhancing institutional capacity, recruitment of forestry personnel, knowledge base and forestry techniques;

In order to fulfill the mandates and functions, the Department of Forest and Park Services has identified the following nine programs to be implemented during the tenth FYP. The plans for these programs are prepared by the functional divisions and implemented by the territorial divisions, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. The decentralized activities are implemented by the Dzongkhag Forestry sectors.

Functional Divisions

  1. Forest Protection and Utilization Division (FPUD)
  2. Forest Resource Management Division (FRMD)
  3. Nature Conservation Division  (NCD)
  4. Social Forestry and Extension Division (SFED)
  5. Watershed Management Division (WMD)
  6. Nature Recreation and Eco-tourism Division (NRED)

Territorial Divisions

  1. Bumthang Forest Division
  2. Gedu Forest Division
  3. Mongar Forest Division
  4. Paro Forest Division
  5. Samdrup Jongkhar Forest Division
  6. Samtse Forest Division
  7. Sarpang Forest Division
  8. Thimphu Forest Division
  9. Trashigang Forest Division
  10. Tsirang Forest Division
  11. Wangdue Forest Division
  12. Zhemgang Forest Division
  13. Dagana Forest Division
  14. Pemagatshel Forest Division

Protected Areas (PAs) and Biological Corridors (BC) of Bhutan

Name of Protected areas Year of Estd Total Area(km2) Dzongkhags
  1. A. National Parks
  1. Wangchuck Centennial Park
2008 (gazetted) 4,914.00 Gasa, Wangdue, Bumthang, Trongsa & Lhuentse
  1. Jigme Dorji National Park
1995 4,316.00 Punakha, Gasa, Thimphu & Paro
  1. Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park
1995 1,730.00 Trongsa, Wangdue, Sarpang, Tsirang & Zhemgang
  1. Royal Manas National Park
1966 1,057.00 Sarpang & Zhemgang
  1. Thrumshingla National Park
2000 905.05 Bumthang, Lhuentse, Mongar & Zhemgang
  1. B. Wildlife Sanctuaries
  1. Bumdelling Wildlife Sanctuary
1998 1520.61 Trashiyangtse, Lhuentse & Mongar
  1. Sakten Wildlife Sanctuary
2003 740.60 Trashigang & Samdrupjongkhar
  1. Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary
268.93 Sarpang & Dagana
  1. Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary
334.73 Samdrupjongkhar
  1. C. Strict Nature Reserve
  2. Toorsa Strict Nature Reserve
609.51 Haa
Total Protected Areas 16,396.43
  1. Biological Corridors
3307.14 Haa, Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Sarpang, Tsirang, Trongsa, Zhemgang, Bumthang, Mongar, Lhuentse, Trashigang & Samdrupjongkhar
  1. E. Recreational Park
  2. Royal Botanical Park
2004 47.00
Total 19,750.57

 

Total Area of Bhutan 38,394.00 sq. km
Total Area of PAs in Bhutan 16,396.43 sq.km
Percentage Covered by PAs 42.71%
Percentage Covered by Biological Corridors 8.61%
Percentage covered by Conservation Areas 0.12%
Total percent of PAs &BCs 51.44%