Message from His Excellency Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests on the Occasion of Social Forestry Day, 2nd June 2017


As we celebrate the Coronation Anniversary of our beloved Fourth Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck on 2nd June, let us all pay tribute to His Majesty’s visionary leadership in environmental conservation which transformed our country into a natural paradise. Let us all join hands on this auspicious day, to reiterate our dedication to our beloved Fourth Druk Gyalpo by planting trees.

The healthy forest cover and beautiful natural environment which the people of Bhutan and the world enjoy today, are the result of the profound policies that His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo charted at the time of His Coronation and pursued with resolute commitment and leadership throughout His golden reign. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests is proud to inform that His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s wish of the Bhutanese people managing our forest resources and environment is getting fulfilled as we have established almost 700 community forests under the Social Forestry programme besides successfully protecting our watersheds, biodiversity reserves and national parks.

The National Forestry Inventory 2016 reports that Bhutan’s forest cover is 71 percent of the country’s area and there has been not much change in forest cover and ecosystem over many years, which is evidence that we the people of Bhutan are committed to maintaining our forests well and accomplishing the aspirations of our beloved Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

In recent times, all of us have experienced the erratic weather patterns such as sudden windstorms causing damages to the roof of the houses and crops, heavy rains causing flash floods and land-slides, increasing wild fire incidences, etc. These are some of the manifestations of climate change affected by forest degradation as our forests come under tremendous pressure from both manmade and natural causes.

When forests are lost or severally degraded, their capacity to function as regulators of environment is lost, resulting in increasing natural disasters and loss of valuable habitats for people, plants and animals.

In celebrating the Social Forestry Day, let us once more come together to plant at least a tree seedling to make a difference for tomorrow. It makes a difference when a tree sapling grows bigger and matures as a tree. A tree can provide numerous benefits, environmentally, economically and socially. “Plant a tree today for your Child’s tomorrow”.    



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