5 September, Bumthang: Nasiphey village in Bumthang Dzongkhag saw the inauguration of the Wangchuck Centennial Park (WCP) by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuck accompanied by the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Dasho Dzongrab, Dasho Drangpon, RNR sector heads, officials from the Gross National Happiness Commission, Ministry and other dignitaries.
WCP comprises an area of 4914km2 which is the largest National Park in the nation covering five Dzongkhags of Gasa, Wangdue, Lhuentse and Bumthang. WCP is filled with diverse species of flora and fauna, recording 693 species of vascular plants, 39 mammal species, 250 bird species and 42 species of butterfly which are rare, endangered and endemic to the region.
Thus, WCP with its establishment aims to preserve its natural biodiversity by identifying and prioritising the immediate threats to wildlife and their habitats for mitigation purposes. WCP also aims to facilitate the control of or reversal of negative land use patterns in the park thereby building up a scientific database for social and biodiversity.
Besides preserving forest ecosystem, WCP will look into protecting the cultural, historical and religious sites. With nine geogs falling under WCP, the park intends to conserve its rich biodiversity in harmony with people’s values and aspirations at the same time bringing in socio-economic development of the residents residing in the park through sustainable use of the park resources.
WCP is a tribute to our Monarchs for their unprecedented leadership towards preservation of our pristine natural environment.
Reported by Tashi Yangzom, ICS
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