Trongsa: In line with the Conservation Efforts of the Royal Government of Bhutan, the Department of Forests and Parks Services is respecting the policies relating to conservation of Tigers which was officially launched in 2013. Bhutan is one of the 13 countries working on “Striving to double the number of wild tigers across their range by 2022” as per the St. Petersburg Declaration of Tiger Conservation in 2010.
Bhutan is also one of the 175 nations committed to Conservation on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Considering the sentiments of farmers, Bumthang Forest Division handed over 5 nos. of tractors/power tillers to the communities of 5 chiwogs under Nubi gewog on 20 June 2021. The handing over was convened in a simple ceremony to recognize the loss of 296 cattle to tigers from 2018 till date.
The allotment of power tillers was an acknowledgment for their huge sacrifices, patience and future commitments in the conservation of tiger population of Bhutan. A total number of 345 households are benefited through this holistic approach which will help them sustain their livelihood with better farming practices.
In order to minimize human wildlife conflicts and enhance conservation effectiveness, the Bumthang Forest Division initiated restoration of degraded habitat in far areas to prevent prey species coming closer to the settlements. They also supported electric fencing and pasture development to encourage local communities in initiating the stall feeding program.
With this, we would like to acknowledge the support of Bhutan Tiger Center and Project Vanishing Treasures for funding and making this event a successful one.
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