Every year, 2nd June is celebrated as the Social Forestry Day throughout Bhutan. It was on this day in 1974, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo ascended to the Golden throne of the Kingdom. Since 1985, the Coronation Day was also declared as Social Forestry Day and has been widely celebrated to encourage tree plantation and to involve communities in forestry activities.
What initially started as a tree-planting program to encourage public participation evolved into peoples’ participation in the sustainable management of our forests, the concept of which started with a Royal decree in 1979, wherein His Majesty, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo proclaimed that “the participation of the local community is the key to conservation and utilization of the forest resources”. Thereafter, people oriented forestry programs aimed at sustainable utilization of forest resources for income generation and enhancement of livelihoods, more commonly referred as “Community Forestry” is today one of the mainstay forest management in Bhutan.
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