November 25, Mongar: Thirty seven participants including ten fire and rescue personals from Kurichu Hydro Power Cooperation (KHPC), ten from the Royal Bhutan Police, five DeSuups, ten forestry personals from Range Office, Gyelpoizhing and two coordinators from Drepong and Tsangkhar community forest fire management groups attended a daylong Forest Fire Coordination and Management Planning Meeting. It was held at the KHPC conference hall with fund support from the Geog Administration, Drepong.
The meeting was aimed to bring all the agencies under Gyelpoizhing town to work together and share the responsibility on forest fire which is essential to prepare for its prevention and effective response.
Till date, the Gyelpoizhing community had worked quite well and collaboratively in battling the forest fire, yet the need was felt to put a genuine effort to make it a success. It is necessary for all of us to work together with good coordination during forest fire outbreak as Gyelpozhing falls under the forest fire prone area. With the onset of the dry season, the forest areas always remain vulnerable to forest fire for which we need to be careful.
In addition to the development of the forest fire management plan, participants formed the Gyalpoizhing Forest Fire Group and elected coordinator from each agencies.
Reported by Pema Dendup, Sr. Forest Ranger
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