Project to Make 15 villages Climate Resilient

Email

In an effort to resolve water scarcity and to reduce human wildlife conflicts, the Tarayana Foundation would be implementing a project “Developing climate resilient communities". The project would be implemented in the 15 villages of Lhuentse, Mongar, Sarpang, Samtse, and Haa.

A typical Bhutanese village. (Source: www.drukasia.com)

 

In an effort to resolve water scarcity and to reduce human wildlife conflicts, the Tarayana Foundation would be implementing a project “Developing climate resilient communities through appropriate adaptation and mitigation interventions” in five dzongkhags from July this year.

The project would be implemented in the 15 villages of Lhuentse, Mongar, Sarpang, Samtse, and Haa.

Tarayana’s project coordinator, Jamyang Phuntsho said that the incidences of water sources drying up are reported in rural areas.

“Usually people place their priorities on developments such as farm roads. However, only while discussing issues, people talk about water shortage.”

 

 

Project implemented to help the communities

The project also intends to help the communities continue activities which had been already implemented through the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) and Rural Economy Advancement Programme (REAP).

“This is for sustainability so that when a project is completed, the community continues with the activities,” Jamyang Phuntsho said.

Some of the interventions such as community mobilisation, training on watershed and land management, clearing of water sources, plantation of suitable plants around water sources to recharge the water table, installation of rain water harvesting tanks, and the construction of water reservoir tanks would be undertaken.

The project is expected to be completed by 2021.

Solution to human-wildlife conflict

The project coordinator said that wildlife do not just damage crops but also threaten lives. “The foundation plans on using electric fences to address this conflict.”

Apart from the construction of water reservoirs and the installation of greenhouses, water user-groups are also formed, Jamyang Phuntsho said. “The foundation also aims to build community ownership.”

Providing seed money

He said that seed money of about Nu 10,000 is provided initially for the maintenance of the fences in the community and members would continue to contribute an agreed amount.

The Bhutan Trust Fund for Environment Conservation (BTFEC) has also provided Nu 12 Million for the project. The agreement was signed on January 11 between BTFEC and the Tarayana foundation.

 

By Rinchen Zangmo (This article has been edited for the Daily Bhutan)

This article first appeared on Kuensel.

 

 


Related Posts

Climate Information Vital for Agriculture

The Agriculture officer with agricultural research and extension division, Sagar Acharya, said that the usage of climate...

Nov 13, 2017 08:00

Understanding climate change through narratives

The project, which documents personal stories on the impact of climate change, was conducted in collaboration with...

Aug 23, 2017 17:02

Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary To Adopt Climate Vulnerability...

The project will involve climate change vulnerability assessment of terrestrial and aquatic life, and communities in SWS...

Aug 07, 2017 13:28

Almost a climate smart gewog

With the introduction of new farming technologies, the villages of Barshong are becoming more climate resilient

Jul 21, 2017 20:09

Philanthropic Works by the Tarayana Foundation

The Tarayana Foundation was founded by Her Majesty the Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and was formally launched on May...

Nov 05, 2017 16:59

Techstars Startup Weekend Bhutan (Eco-Tourism): 54 Hours where...

The eventful weekend saw 130 keen people in attendance, of which 56 pitched ideas. This was the fifth time that such an...

Nov 29, 2017 08:46

Latest

News

Dumtseg Lhakhang Restored To Its Former Glory By Her Majesty The Royal Grandmother Of Bhutan

Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother graced the consecration ceremony of the renovated Lhakhang on 15 November.

Nov 17, 2019 16:28

Remembering His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s Legacies On His 64th Birthday

During His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s 34 year reign, he has implemented many landmark policies.

Nov 12, 2019 20:28

Features

Global Happiness Alliance Aims To Spread Concept Of Gross National Happiness Worldwide

The alliance seeks to enhance the understanding of GNH as a concept and to spread it all around the world.

Nov 08, 2019 23:08

Zoedue – Fermented Cheese Made By The Brokpas Of Sakteng Sees Increasing Demand

Zoedue has become a lucrative business in Sakteng ever since motor-road accessibility improved.

Nov 05, 2019 23:48

Sports

Bhutan’s Pelden Wangchuk Wins 10th Edition Of Tour 0f Dragon Mountain Bike Race

This year, the race also saw the highest number of female participants compared to past years.

Sep 10, 2019 01:08

Tour Of The Dragon – Toughest One Day Bike Race Starts On 7 September In Bhutan

It takes sheer toil and stamina for the top riders to complete the 268 km race which finishes at the capital, Thimphu.

Sep 06, 2019 23:58

Business

Gakyed Gatoen - Festival of Happiness Seeks To Promote Bhutan’s Products

The idea of the festival was to enable tourists and Bhutanese to learn about the traditional cottage industry.

Nov 01, 2019 23:28

Cottage & Small Industries Flagship Programme Rolled Out In Bhutan, Set To Create More Jobs

The CSI sector was identified as one the flagship programme in view of its greater socio-economic roles in Bhutan.

Oct 11, 2019 15:38

Travel

Bhutan’s Black-Necked Crane Festival Drawing More Foreign Tourists

Some 500 tourists from around the world came to Bhutan to see the Black-Necked Crane festival, exceeding the number of locals.

Nov 14, 2019 23:18

Bhutan Bird Festival Set Bird Watching Haven Of Zhemgang Abuzz

Zhemgang is home to more than 500 species of birds, which is an area much sought after by bird watchers from around the world.

Nov 13, 2019 12:48

Lifestyle

Bhutanese Textiles To Be Exhibited In Paris Trade Fair 2020

The exhibition is an initiative of the EU-Bhutan Trade Support project.

Nov 10, 2019 12:48

Launch Of Karen Greenspan’s Footfalls From The Land Of Happiness: A journey Into The Dances Of Bhutan

The book delves into familiar subjects that are what continues to shape Bhutan’s image.

Oct 05, 2019 10:18

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!

Download Daily Bhutan Mobile App

Connecting with us just got easier!