Located in alpine landscape, Merak and Sakteng are widely known for its unique culture and blissful landscape. Close to 5000 Brokpas reside in two gewogs which are experiencing major shift in developmental practices. Sakteng is yet to be connected with motor able road while Merak got connected few years back. No difference to other parts of the country, growth in consumption of processed packaged stuffs in Brokpa’s society is also observed to be increasing over the period which generated lots of waste. Further, harsh weather, poor insulation to retain heat and old age practice of using firewood for cooking and heating of the space, there is a significant increasing trend of fire wood consumption by the Brokpa.
Poor waste management practice and felling huge numbers of trees to meet fire wood demand by the people of Merak and Sakteng was indentified as the one of threat to the biodiversity of Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS) in sanctuary’s second management plan.
On 19 May, 2018 management of Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary handed over 9 numbers of waste dumping pits with segregation unit and distributed 193 numbers of waste bins (120 liters) to the people of Merak and Sakteng and nearly by settlements to improve waste management practices.
Further, SWS also distributed 21 numbers of electric cooking devices (13 electric pressure cookers of 26 liters and 8 rice cooker of 25 liters capacity) to the schools and monastic institutions located in and around the sanctuary to reduce fire wood consumption.
Project was funded by Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation (BTFEC) under the project title “Socio Ecological Resilience: An adaption to increasing climate change in SWS”.
– SWS, DoFPS
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