The Wildlife Conservation Division and the Samtse Forest Division under the Department of Forests & Park Services conducted a one day consultation workshop in the two Geogs of Samtse Dzongkhag viz. Phuntsho Pelri (Pagli) & Tashicholing (Sipsoo) on the 18th and 19th of May, respectively. The consultation workshop was conducted with two broad objectives:
- To provide an in-depth understanding of the emerging problem with elephants and find some amicable solutions for the farmers to be more cautious in the cropping season ahead.
- Understand the socio-economic conditions and also identify conservation and development issues, threats and gaps, of the local communities residing in the Kangchenjunga Landscape
The workshop was divided into two sessions: Morning session was on Human Elephant Co-existence followed by a PRA exercise in the afternoon. During the sessions, the local participants were briefed on the overview of Wildlife Conservation in Bhutan with special focus on converging Conflict to Co-existence and the mitigation measures adopted by the department. The consultation also evaluated existing measures adopted in each place and proposed alternate options where prevailing practice did not work out.
In the afternoon, the participants were engaged in some PRA exercise. This was done to assess the socio economic statuses of the rural communities in these two gewogs and other emerging issues that may invite funding opportunities in the future from the KLCDI
A total of 250 participants including, Dasho Dzongrab (Samtse Dzongkhag Administration), Dasho Dungpa (Tashicholing Dungkhag) officers from RBP, RBA, Dzongkhag Forestry Sector, DoFPS, RNR Extension and rural communities from the two gewogs were present during the workshop.
The Division intends to conduct the same workshop in Dagana, Sarpang and Samdrupjongkhar Dzongkhag to be accomplished by June 2014.
Wildlife Conservation Division, DoFPS
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