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  • Assessment of Bhutan’s proposed Forest Reference Emission Level & Forest Reference Level

    Thimphu: The Technical Team from the Department of Forests & Park Services interacted with the Technical Assessment Team from the UNFCCC on the Bhutan’s proposed Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL) & Forest Reference Level (FRL) from 22nd June to 26th June and additional day on 2nd July. The proposed Forest Reference Emission Level and Forest Reference Level were developed by the technical team from FRMD and WMD and was submitted to UNFCCC in January 2020. The FREL & FRL (once assessment is completed) will provide the baseline estimates on annual emissions of carbon dioxides (CO2) from forests and annual net sequestration of CO2 by forests of Bhutan respectively.

    As per the submission, the assessment of FREL & FRL were carried out by experts nominated by UNFCCC. The assessment was conducted via virtual online exchanges which started at 6:00 PM Bhutan time. During the online exchanges, clarifications were sought by the Assessment Team on the FREL & FRL while technical Team from Bhutan also sought advices from the experts on the FREL & FRL. Overall, the Assessment Team commended on the FREL & FRL submission from Bhutan and suggested few changes on the proposed FREL & FRL for consistency and future reporting. Accordingly, the Technical Team from DoFPS will now work in improving the FREL & FRL based on the recommendations from the Assessment Team of UNFCCC. The technical team from Bhutan was led by Hon’ble Director, DoFPS and consisted of two Chiefs and officials from FRMD and WMD.

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  • The DoFPS organized it’s first virtual meeting

    2 July, Thimphu: The Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS) organized the first virtual meeting with the field Chief Forestry Officers (CFO) yesterday. The meeting was chaired by the Director and attended by the advisor and chiefs of the functional divisions. The CFO from the divisional forest offices based in Thimphu were also present for the virtual meeting in the DoFPS conference hall.

    The main agenda for the meeting was to get an update on the status of COVID duty from the field, discuss the RCSC’s Organizational Development Exercise (ODE) recommendations and other pertinent issues from the field. The virtual meet was conducted using the Google Meet, a package in G-Suite.

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  • Up scaling of Payment for Environmental Service Scheme in Tsirang Dzongkhag

    In Bhutan, a number of Payment for Environmental Service (PES) scheme types, currently functioning have the potential to be scaled up in other parts of the country taking into account, lessons and experiences generated today in the country. A comprehensive of these mechanisms will be valuable for scaling up, and could also be offered as models that could potentially, be replicated in the districts. This would contribute to responding to challenges, with synergizing rapid socio-economic development, with the Governments conservation efforts to uphold the constitutional mandate, of maintaining 60 percent of land under forests cover forever.

    Bhutan has one of the highest per capita water availability in the region. However, with growth in population, rapid socio-economic development, and impact of climate change, the protection of watershed and riverine ecosystems has become an urgent and important issue. Considering the water crisis in Tsirang, there is an urgent need to protect and manage watersheds, for the benefit of our future generations. At present, the overall management of the water resources is poor, and it is timely that the Government agencies and communities’ partnership, to explore various approaches for the effective management of watershed. Without human intervention, the water crisis can threaten the balance of ecosystem goods and services. The communities believe that, such an undertaking would be one viable option, to help prevent water related problems, with the increasing population and development in future.

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  • Officers’ Badge: A Symbol of Pride and Honor

    The Department of Forests and Park Services has introduced officers badge from the Forestry officers position level to the Director General. A badge is a piece of metal, that is affixed to a person’s uniform. To the outsider, it may not seem like much on the surface, but for the forestry professionals, the badge is a great source of pride. It is the most meaningful piece of the uniform, and it is for those men and women who go out and work hard to protect, manage, conserve the forests and serve the people. Being an officer, is not just a job and to these professionals a badge is not just a badge. It is a symbol of dedication, hard work and a commitment to the people they serve. As such it is important to have only the very best.

    When someone is given their badge, it is a special occasion – a day to be remembered for ever. It is a memory that sticks with them and inspires them to tackle their jobs every day with renewed vigor. It is for all these reasons we appreciate and respect the badges’ importance as a part of the forestry personnel’s uniform. It is a symbol of great honor and pride to serve the King, Country and People.

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  • Cordyceps permit issued to Khatoed highlanders

     2 June, Gasa: Gasa Dzongkhag Administration and park office issued the permits for cordyceps collection to around 30 people of Khatoed gewog coinciding with the Social Forestry Day.

    Considering the pandemic COVID-19 situation, officials advised the highlanders to strictly follow the procedures, rules and waste management practices. This year, officials will ensure that people carry their own waste back home and maintain cleanliness at the cordyceps collection sites.

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