Sunday, 7 June 2009

Bhutan : Wangchu basin plantation project launched

June 2: June 2 is also celebrated as the social forestry day. To mark the day, the department of forest launched the Wangchu basin plantation project. Under this project, all degraded areas along the Wangchu river basin will be rehabilitated.

According to the Department of Forest, some 60,000 hectares of forest land are degraded in Bhutan. And every year on this day, the department of forest plants saplings in the degraded areas.

Today the Department launched the Wangchu river basin plantation project at Tshalu Marphey in Babesa, Thimphu. Under the project, degraded lands along the Wangchu river basin will be rehabilitated. The Agriculture Minister Lyonpo Dr. Pema Gyamtsho said the healthy forest vegetation and natural environment that people enjoy today is because of the vision of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

“Forests are crucial for the well being of humanity and intricately linked to the survival of mountainous country like Bhutan. It provides goods and services to human and wildlife. It provides numerous opportunities for employment, recreation, spiritual renewal and inspiration for intellectual and artistic creativity,” said the Agriculture Minister.

The agriculture minister also launched a book entitled the value of trees and conservation of forests. Students from Babesa Primary School performed a drama highlighting the importance of forests. They also recited a poem on the theme plant trees and Green Bhutan.

Forestry officials, volunteers, students and members from the intentional organizations took part in the tree plantation. More than 3,000 saplings were planted in the degraded areas along the Wangchu river basin in Babesa today.

The project which will cost an estimated Nu. four million is funded by Tala Hydroelectricity plant.

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