Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary To Adopt Climate Vulnerability Measures

Email

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

The remote communities of Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS) will soon be getting electric cookers to ensure that timber species is utilized sustainably and fuel wood consumption is reduced.

This is part of the Bhutan Trust Fund for Environment Conservation (BTFEC)-funded project: socio-ecological resilience to reduce the climate change impact on community and species worth Nu 7.013mn. The project starts from July this year and will complete on June 2019.

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

The Park Manager of SWS, Department of Forest and Park Services, Thinley Wangdi, said that the project will also establish gewog-level Water User Association (WUA) to ensure water security in the two gewogs: Merak and Sakteng.

Further, the authorities will conduct climate change adaptation workshop for local leaders and gewog extension staff to enhance their capacity to respond to future disasters related to climate change, he added.

The project will develop a waste management action plan including distribution of waste bins and construction of garbage pits, and conduct awareness campaigns to address waste-related issues in the park. Garbage pits will be constructed for settlements; they will be installed near campsites and loop trails for visitors as well.

Some of the challenges that the sanctuary is facing right now are scarcity of data on meteorology and lack of awareness among the locals about climate change and its causes.

“This limits the capacity to assess ongoing changes in the climatic regime and to have reliable coping measures,” said Thinley Wangdi adding that in some parts of the sanctuary, the park staff has observed a decrease in water availability and storage in the dry season.

According to the Park Manager, the water source is visited by cattle deteriorating the quality of water due to lack of proper fencing.

“If timely action is not taken, meeting the drinking water supply for villagers in the long run might be a problem,” he said.

Also, the project will support the restoration of traditional water sources in the sanctuary. The communities will carry out slope stabilization to reduce erosion and plant fast growing saplings on upstream areas.

Thinley Wangdi mentioned that increased demand on natural resources like timber and firewood from within and outside the sanctuary jurisdiction is leading to heavy exploitation of timber and fuel wood in some parts of the sanctuary and the issue needs to be addressed quickly.

After the project is completed, pressure on timber is expected to reduce through developing harvesting guidelines like Local Forest Management Plan, which will allow sustainable felling of timber.

One of the potential threads for the park in the near future as indicated by the Bhutan management effectiveness tracking tool plus (METT+) 2016 is climate change and severe weather.

Tracking tool plus (METT+) 2016 is a new approach to evaluate management effectiveness of protected area in Bhutan. The Bhutan METT+ 2016 is a holistic approach meticulously articulated to measure protected areas’ effectiveness to manage its biotic and abiotic resources.

SWS is located in the easternmost part of the country. It encompasses an area of 739 sq km² of alpine meadow and temperate and warm broadleaf forests. Three major rivers- Manaschhu, Badachhu and Dhansirichhu – have their origin here.

Red panda, Himalayan black bear, Wild dog, Snow leopard, Barking deer, and Himalayan red fox plus avifaunal species like Assamese macaque, Blood pheasant, Grey backed shrike, Grey headed woodpecker, Common hoopoe, Rufous vented tit and Dark breasted rose finch form the primary fauna in the sanctuary. Bhutan’s national flower, the Blue Poppy is also found here as well as Rhododendrons, Primulas, Gentiana and Cordyceps.

SWS is home to the much talked about villages- Merak and Sakteng. The inhabitants of these villages- the Brokpas have a unique way of life. They are basically nomads rearing yaks and herds of cattle for sustenance.


Related Posts

One of the beginnings

While the present government has committed to back the plan, there are conservationists, who feel that the road...

Aug 12, 2017 12:58

USD 25.3m Green Climate Fund To Address Climate Change Adaption...

The project can help address climate change adaptation challenges facing Bhutan, particularly in the agriculture sector.

Jan 15, 2020 16:28

Bhutan’s Target To Become A 100% Organic Nation By 2020 Delayed –...

Efforts to translate Bhutan’s organic vision into reality has met with various challenges thus far.

Jan 04, 2020 23:28

108 Entrepreneurs for the first time .

24 event partners came in together to support the organizer and the team. This collaboration and partnership foster...

Dec 29, 2019 22:15

Royal Baby Fever Grips Bhutan - Second Child Expected In Spring...

The royal baby fever is gripping Bhutan for the second time since the birth of the couple’s first child in 2016.

Dec 19, 2019 22:28

Historical 112th National Day

National Day (Gyalyong Duechen) in Bhutan is the most significant national event that is widely celebrated throughout...

Dec 19, 2019 13:11

Latest

News

USD 25.3m Green Climate Fund To Address Climate Change Adaption In Bhutan

The project can help address climate change adaptation challenges facing Bhutan, particularly in the agriculture sector.

Jan 15, 2020 16:28

Bhutan’s Target To Become A 100% Organic Nation By 2020 Delayed – Pushed To 2035

Efforts to translate Bhutan’s organic vision into reality has met with various challenges thus far.

Jan 04, 2020 23:28

Features

How The Advent Of Internet Services Has Changed The Isolated Highlanders Of Bhutan

Many Layaps agreed that they find their lives much easier compared to just a decade ago.

Jan 21, 2020 21:48

Bhutan’s Government Ramped Up Support For More To Drive Electric Vehicles, Help Reduce Harmful Emissions

The dealers and the manager have given the taxi drivers their guarantee on battery and the important parts of the EV.

Jan 16, 2020 23:28

Sports

Karma – Female Archer From Bhutan Qualified For Tokyo 2020 Olympic Quota

Karma has been specialising in Olympics-style archery since 2009.

Nov 30, 2019 13:18

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

Business

Economic Roadmap Needed To Steer Bhutan Towards Higher GDP Growth

The Lyonchhen said that the economic figures will improve in 2020 as 70 percent of the capital investments still lie unused.

Jan 17, 2020 23:38

Celebrating Bhutan’s entrepreneurs: Tashi Wangdi of iHub

This story is part of an exclusive feature by Yeewong Magazine in Dec 2018 on celebrating entrepreneurship in Bhutan.

Jan 12, 2020 23:38

Travel

Forging the Unbeaten Trail Towards Wangdue Nye

When you dedicate year 2020 to hike on unbeaten trails in Bhutan.

Jan 21, 2020 10:58

Make Your Own Personalised Stamps And Discover Bhutan’s Postal History At The Postal Museum

The Bhutan Postal Museum in Thimphu is also a major tourist attraction.

Jan 18, 2020 21:08

Lifestyle

Relish Your Taste Buds With 8 Delectable Bhutanese Staple Food

One of the best places to try authentic Bhutanese cuisine is through a homestay, where you will get to sample what most locals eat at home.

Jan 19, 2020 21:08

Here’s What it is like inside Hotel River Valley, Punakha in Bhutan

River Valley Hotel offers professional and customer oriented services and thereby has become the leading hotel in the region ’. Experience...

Jan 05, 2020 10:48

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!

Download Daily Bhutan Mobile App

Connecting with us just got easier!