28 May, Pemagatshel: A daylong quiz competition on the theme “Understanding the basics of Climate Change”was conducted in Pemagatshel Dzongkhag with the objective to create awareness on the useful information related to climate change. The Information and Communication Services under the Ministry in collaboration with Dzongkhag RNR Sectors such as Agriculture, Livestock and Forests organised the program among 11 geogs. A total of thirty-three farmers participated in the program.
Dasho Pema Wangdi, Drangpon, Pemagatshel Dzongkhag was the Chief Guest for the program. Addressing the gathering, he highlighted how important it is to understand the basics of climate change in order to help reduce its damaging impacts. He encouraged the farmers to maintain a sustainable use of forest and environment to avoid climate change impacts in the future.
Prior to competition, farmers were briefed 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. They were also familiarised on the quiz format.
Competing a tough three rounds of quiz, Yurung geog turned out to be a winner followed by Chongshing and Chokorling geogs The winners were awarded with cash prizes and certificates by the Chief Guest. In addition, farmers were awarded with participation certificates and prizes.
The Dzongkhag RNR-sector heads and other officials also attended the program as observers and clarified matters concerning to their respective field.
According to participants, the program was informative as it covered a lot of new information on climate change which will help them in the long run to reduce climate change issues at community level. They also felt that this kind of initiative should be in place frequently.
The quiz was organised as a part of the awareness program under the CCAP which is to be held annually at four selected project sites such as Pemagatshel, Lhuenste, Mongar and Zhemgang.
By Tshering Doma, ICS
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