Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Bhutan : Nation plants trees

3 June, 2009 - As the nation observed social forestry day yesterday, students, community members and officials all over the country planted thousands of tree saplings.

In Thimphu, the day was observed at a forest fire prone area in Tshalumarphey, with the planting of more than 2,000 saplings on a ridge repeatedly destroyed by fire.

With the theme “Plant Trees and Green Bhutan”, forest officials distributed saplings of oak, maple, cypress and blue pine.

The agriculture ministry also launched the Wangchu river basin plantation program worth Nu 4m. “The program would help in the steady and unaffected flow of the Wangchu river,” said a ministry official. The plantation program was funded by Tala hydro project authority (THPA).

Agriculture minister Lyonpo (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho, said that the day would highlight the importance of forests and its benefits for society. “It’s everyone’s responsibility to take care and diversify the natural environment, as we all are totally dependent on nature for air, water, heat and wind,” he said.

Students of Babesa primary school also performed a skit and recited poems on conserving natural resources with the agriculture minister as chief guest.

In Mongar, led by Her Royal Highness Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck, the guest of honour, MPs, dzongkhag officials, students and teachers and community members planted about 1,300 saplings in the Yakpogang community forest.

The 290 hectares community forest is one of nine in the district, which was established in 2001 and owned by 103 households in Yakpogang and Kilikhar.

By Tashi C Dorji

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