22 July, Tsirang: The service providers, Thakhorling Community Forest Management Group and Khuchi Darachu Community Forest Management Group under Patsaling gewog and the service users, public residing in Damphu Municipal area under Kilkhorthang gewog signed the agreement for drinking water. Having water shortage in Tsirang, Pawkhola serves as one of the most reliable water sources for Damphu, Barshong, Mendrelgang and Patsaling, Kilkhorthang and Rangthangling gewogs. Pawkhola stream is located at around 18 km from Damphu towards Darachu.
The service providers agreed to carryout conservation and watershed management activities like maintaining buffer of 100 m radius to ensure proper recharging of spring sources, plantation of native species to rehabilitate degraded watersheds, guarding the entire watershed area from illegal extractions of forest resources, clearing stream channels in Pawkhola and limiting livestock grazing in the watershed area. The service users will contribute minor financial support to compensate as a sense of ownership for protecting water source.
The contract will enable the group members of more than 64 households to receive more than Nu. 2,24000/- annually for conservation and watershed management at the water source.
The agreement was signed in presence of Dasho Dzongda, Tsirang. Dasho Dzongrab, Dzongkhag Tshogde Thridzin, Principal Municipal Engineer, Chief Forestry Officer, Chief from Watershed Management Division (WMD), officials from the Forest Department, Dzongkhag sector heads, gup from Patsaling gewog, Thromde Thuemi, representatives from group and Damphu town were also present during the function.
The program was initiated by Tsirang Forest Division with technical guidance from WMD and fund support from REDD+ project.
Reported by Tsirang Forest Division
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