Mass waste management awareness under S. Jongkhar Territorial Forest Division

Figure 5 Wastes collection along highways
Figure 5 Wastes collection along highways

9 October, S. Jongkhar: Bhutan is one of the unique and advanced countries which implements the Sustainable Development Principles of the Agenda 21, formulated at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and strongly reaffirmed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002.

However, with advancement of Socio Economic activities and global population it has brought changes in the consumption pattern across the population.  This has resulted in an increase in waste generation, composition and its types.  This increase in waste generation is not commensurate with adequate infrastructures, facilities and services ensuring sound waste management.  This will have adverse impact on human health and the environment and country’s image as clean and green country.

Recognising this fact, the RGoB has put in place a regulatory framework by enacting the Waste Prevention and Management Act 2009 and Waste Prevention and Management Regulation 2012. Moreover, the Constitution of Bhutan, article 5 ensures every citizen of Bhutan is trustee with fundamental duties of environment protection. To pillarise these frameworks, WPMR, 2012 mandated the DoFPS to manage the wastes in the SRFL and the Chapter VIII of FNCRR, 2017 guide wastes management in SRFL.

Therefore, to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of His Majesty The King’s accession to the Golden Throne, a nationwide cleaning campaign was conducted at 9 December, 2016. Since then DoFPS decided to carry out the cleaning campaign on the 9th of every month. The Samdrup Jongkhar division has been picking up wastes inside the SRFL, along the highway, along the rivers and streams, at picnic sites etc. every month.

Figure 7 Wastes collected by students
Figure 7 Wastes collected by students

However this month, at 9 of October, guided by the CFO, Samdrup Jongkhar division staffs was divided to conducted a mass wastes management awareness covering the schools, industrial areas, motorists along highways, urban and rural area (Gewogs). Presentation targeting to change the mindset and to have waste ownership was presented to audiences followed by the wastes collection. Brochure with wastes information, management strategies and enforcement (Fine and penalties) were distributed to students, motorists and participants to reach at larger audiences. More than a truckload of wastes was collected during the campaign.

This moves was primary aimed to build “I am responsible for wastes, Waste ownership and Waste management commence from one’s home” to make our country more green and clean.

For this successful program, Samdrup Jongkhar Territorial division would humbly like to thank to all participants, RBP, principals and teachers, LG leaders, proprietor and managers of industry under Samdrup Jongkhar district for kind assistance. Similar support is solicited in near future.

Let be responsible, take ownership and manage wastes for benefit of all.

Submitted by Phurpa (FO) and Wandchuck (Sr.FR III) Samdrup Jongkhar Territorial Forest Division

 

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