Coinciding with the World Water Day on 22nd March, 2014, the Divisional Forestry Office, Paro has organized waste cleaning campaign along the bank of Pachhu in coordination with six educational institutes: Paro College of Education, Kuen Gaa HSS, Yoezerling HSS, Tenzin HSS, Shari HSS and Lango MSS.
The program begun with ceremonial session in the morning at Paro Town Plaza from 9:00 am to 10:00 with short cultural programs by the participating schools to passage messages to the spectators about the importance of water and proper waste management by the individual to keep our natural flow of water unpolluted. The CFO gave wel come note and urged the spectators to support the implementing agency to keep our river and stream clean for multiple uses. He also emphasizes the importance of place as being the hub for tourist destination wherein keeping the place free of any
solid waste is momentous.. Simultaneously, cleaning campaign was carried out by the participating schools at their allotted river bank.
Campaign covered river bank from Kuen Gaa HSS and Lango bridge to till Bonday bridge and about five truck loads of inorganic waste were collected and disposed at the disposal site with aid from Dzongkhag Administration and Public Work Division. Waste was seen mostly concentrated near settlement and commercial establishments like vegetable market, automobile workshop and rural community residing along the river bank. The schools committed to adopt those river banks for sustainable management hereafter with proper signboard installed at the river bank. With such adoption of river bank and streams by the schools, there is scope of scheme like PES (Payment for Environmental Services) in future.
Not only Bhutan water policy 2003 recognizes sustain flow of water of good quality, but energy and natural resources were also identified as priority growth areas (Economic Development Policy, 2010). The middle path (National Environmental Commission, 1998) also recognizes three avenues to sustainable development with major users of water as agriculture intensification, hydropower and industrialization. The pristine nature accounted as second major attraction of Bhutan with 43.0% (NSB, 2013) and it must be preserved undisturbed and unpolluted without any waste.
The waste cleaning campaign ceremonial session was graced by the Dasho Dzongdag, Paro and departmental heads under Paro Dzongkhag. Seeing the unsanitary waste conditions along the bank of Pachhu, the campaign was organized chiefly to collect any inorganic waste along the Pachhu bank and create awareness among the local communities and the general public to enhance their knowledge on proper waste management. The campaign was funded by Bhutan Water Partnership/RSPN. More than 1500 students participated along with the forestry personnel in the campaign.
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