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  • Social Forestry Day Celebration at Genekha Lower Secondary School

    Thimphu Dzongdag planting trees at Gyenekha LSS
    Thimphu Dzongdag planting trees at Gyenekha LSS

    June 2, Thimphu: With the theme “Plant trees for Green Bhutan” the Dzongkhag Forestry Sector, Thimphu Dzongkhag celebrated Social Forestry Day at Genekha Lower Secondary School (GLSS), Mewang geog, by planting 1000 different species of trees- cupressus, dogwood, oak and few ornamental species- around the school compound to mark the day which coincides with the Coronation Day of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

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  • Social Forestry Day celebrated with the theme “Plant Trees for Green Bhutan”

    HE Lyonchhen speaking on Social Forestry Day 2014  at Chuzom
    HE Lyonchhen speaking on Social Forestry Day 2014 at Chuzom

    2nd June, Chuzom: The 2nd June Social Forestry Day was celebrated by a Mass Tree Plantation along the Thimphu/Paro/Chukha Highway at Chuzom, today. The theme for the day was “Plant Trees for Green Bhutan” The inaugural planting was graced by His Excellency the Prime Minister of Bhutan, and Managing Director and  staff of Punatsangchhu, the Dzongdas of Paro, Thimphu, Chukha and Haa, Desungs and over 350 volunteers and forests officials  from the four dzongkhags. They planted about 3000 willow stumps and 200 seedlings of various species along the Thimphu/Paro/Chukha highway.

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  • Social Forestry Day 2014 Message from MoAF Lyonpo

    SForests are integral and indispensable parts of our lives and even more so for us Bhutanese who have relied on forests since time immemorial. The Land Cover Atlas of Bhutan 2011 shows that 80.89% of the total land cover constitutes forest including 70.46% tree cover and another 10.43% of shrubs.

    Today, our forests are under tremendous pressure from human population, urban sprawl and forest fires, which lead to their deforestation and degradation. We have lost about 47,501 acres of forests in 239 incidences of forest fires, and 38,577 acres of forest area to farm roads construction and power transmission lines among others in the last five years. When forests are lost or severally degraded, their capacity to function as regulator of climate, soil, water and air is either diminished or lost. We have also seen that Human Wildlife Conflict is on the rise over the years due to increasing anthropogenic pressure on natural resources, thus driving wild animals from their forest habitat into agricultural land. Therefore, maintaining good forest cover is crucial for the Bhutanese economy as well as for a healthy ecosystem goods and services.

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