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  • Combating COVID19 as front-liners

    The green warriors are proud to have been given the opportunity to serve as frontliners to combat COVID 19. They were tasked to carry out patrolling along the borders to prevent the illegal entry and exit of people across borders to control the import of disease into the country. Foresters along with RBP and Desuups are engaged in manning  Points of Entry (PoE) for 24 hours. Observation Posts at PoEs are built by the foresters to lessen the burden to the national exchequer. 

    Other voluntary services include repair of irrigation channels for our Indian neighbours (water source is from Bhutan) so as to ensure agriculture does not suffer.

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  • Conducting anti-poaching patrols to reduce wildlife crime

    While out on patrols, foresters are not just looking for signs of wildlife but signs of illegal activity too. Today, animal poaching and the illegal wildlife trade are considered a threat for many species. Records have found that poaching isn’t just limited to animals, timber smuggling is also increasing that destroys the natural habitats for biodiversity.

    The journey gets worse in the summer heat and torrential rain as the raised streams make it difficult to cross. We need to be prepared to get stranded for days on the other side of the stream.

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  • Green warriors monitoring wildlife and forest

    Patrolling is one of the most crucial activities for foresters in protecting wildlife and natural resources. It is a gruelling task for foresters to combat indiscriminate exploitation of natural resources by people from within and across the border. One has to have physical dexterity and detective intuition to face a challenging situation. While on patrol, a forester will have to carry their food and bedding along with a 7 kg weapon. Porters cannot be engaged due to a risk of attack by miscreants and wild animals.

    Foresters taking rest while patrolling
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  • Mitigating Human Elephant Conflict in Sarpang

    Foresters to the rescue

    Studies reveal that elephants migrate from Phibsoo towards Sarpang and Gelephu area. They start reaching Sarpang and Gelephu by June-July and move back by November-December. Gelephu is known to be one of the ancestral homes for elephants where they migrate annually for search of space and to give birth, explore fodder and meet the salt requirement from the natural salt licks known as “Khars”. Khars are found in abundance in Sarpang and Gelephu.

    Human elephant conflict (HEC) is prevalent in almost all the gewogs and it draws a lot of attention in the socio-political spheres of the area. Elephants have a strong fidelity to natal sites and feeding sites where there are plenty of resources to feed upon. Increase in human population, urbanization and change in land use pattern has resulted in fragmentation of forest and loss of habitats; forcing elephants to intrude into human settlements in search of food and space. HEC is largely prevalent to crop raiding. As a result, farmers are losing their hard-earned crops. Properties are being damaged and there are few incidences of human casualties caused by elephants.

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