May 16, Mongar: Thirty-two farmers from 17 Geogs participated in a day-long quiz competition on the theme “Understanding the Basics of Climate Change” at RDC-Wengkhar.
The program was aimed at creating awareness on the basic but useful information related to climate change (CC) which is now regarded as one of the major environmental problems globally. Therefore, it is important that people at the community level understand its importance and their role in saving the environment.
Prior to the quiz competition, the Dzongkhag Agriculture Officer highlighted to the farmers some of the basic issues which can cause climate change issues around. He encouraged them to maintain sustainable use of forest and water to avoid CC impact in the future. This was followed by a briefing on the RNR-Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP), an EU funded four year project to enhance resilience of Bhutan’s rural households to the effects of climate change and quiz format.
Competing in a basic four rounds of quiz questionnaires relating to soil, forest, water and agriculture among others, Narang geog turned out to be the winner followed by Khenkhar and Drepong geogs. The winners were awarded with cash prizes and others with participation prizes.
The Dzongkhag’s Chief Forestry Officer, researchers from Wengkhar along with other officials were also present as observers. The program provided farmers an opportunity to clarify their agriculture related doubts with experts. It was a huge success with turning up of all the participants.
According to Karma Choney Dema from Shershong, the program helped her to understand how their daily activities could cause climate change issues and reduce it as well if managed properly such as forest fire. Participants shared that this kind of information initiative should be held frequently.
The Information and Communication Services (ICS) jointly with the Dzongkhag RNR Sector organised the program as an awareness program under CCAP which is to be held annually at four project sites of Pemagatshel, Lhuenste, Mongar and Zhemgang. Including the Mongar one, the quiz program has been completed at two project sites.
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