Samdrup Jongkhar: Forests being a lifeline for Bhutan’s economy and also serving as a livelihood for many Bhutanese, its protection and sustainable use for present and future generations is essential. Article 5, Section 3 of the Constitution of Bhutan ensures the future of forestry in Bhutan. Application of science in Bhutanese forest began with Bhutan Forest Act, 1969 which was repealing and replacing the Forest and Nature Conservation Act of Bhutan, 1995. In exertion of the powers and duties conferred under the Forest and Nature Conservation Act of Bhutan, 1995. Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, promulgates series of Forest and Nature Conservation Rule in 2000, 2003, 2006 and fourth edition being called Forest and Nature Conservation Rules and Regulations of Bhutan, 2017 which superseded above editions.
This new rule was sensitised to its frontline staffs to improve the prosecution rate, legal actions and smooth implementation and to avoid conflict of interest (COI). As, foresters are custodian and paramilitary force which play pivotal roles in guarding the natural resources which is national asset. This warrants high discipline as enforcement personal, with completion of sensitisation to new rule, enforcement foresters are confident to keep within the framework of rule.
Chaired by the CFO, Samdrup Jongkhar Division, FNCRR 2017 sensitisation was further streamlined to the grassroots level and successfully completed with all the 11 Geogs under Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag. Sensitization program was also joined by Local Government Leaders, CIC, Schools, health and RNR extensions of Geogs. Approximately 1079 public (794 male, 285 female) were sensitised with FNCRR, 2017 which took 25 days. Primary aim of taking program to Geogs level was to ensure and inform the new rule to have harmonious environment with enforcement personal and public.
While on sensitisation program, the Divisional Forest Office solicited supports from all the Geogs to curb the illegal transport of forest products across the Southern border. The Divisional Office also shares the hardship working in Southern region tormented by aggressive smugglers and drained by harsh weather and also listened to grievances of public. Interactive and supportive words form participants ensured the success of program. Program beautifully ended with well informed knowledge about FNCRR 2017 to forestry staffs and public. Samdrup Jongkhar people also pledge to abide the new rule for benefit of all and generations. Hereafter, Samdrup Jongkar Forest Division is hopeful of having harmonious and united environment with public for service delivery, sustain use and protection of national asset.
Submitted by Phurpa (Samdrup Jongkhar Division, Forestry Officer)
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