Skip to main content

Clean up visit to Royal Botanical Park


Participants cleaning Hongtsho area

Thirty eight students including three teachers of Nature Club from Motithang Higher Secondary School, along with staff and community representatives from Chang Gewog, Thimphu Dzongkhag and forestry staff of Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) and Royal Botanical Park (RBP) under the Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS) carried out clean up along the national highway till RBP, Lamperi on 23 April 2011. This was the first such activity initiated by the Department of Forests and Park Services to highlight the problem of indiscriminate garbage disposal in the forest areas-which is an important environmental issue calling for a joint coordinated efforts by all stakeholders.
This is also in line with the recent directive from the Hon’ble Minister, MoAF that henceforth DoFPS and its field offices will take active role in waste/garbage management in forest areas.
A total of 60 participants gathered at YHS parking at 8.30 am on Saturday morning and after a short briefing on the program for the day by Sonam Choden, Senior Forest Officer, NRED, the group stopped to clean up garbage at Hongtsho and Dochula areas. From Dochula, the group trekked through Dochula Nature Trail, 1.5 Kms till PWD labour camp, collecting garbage along the way. The group collected 15 large sacks (Greener Way sacks) of garbage in total, out of which 4 sacks were pet bottles and the rest were other garbage such as rags, papers, cartoons, plastics, huggies etc. The garbage collected were brought back and handed over to Greener Way base at Olakha for further sorting and recycling.
In addition to the clean up, the students and community representatives also had the opportunity to visit recreational and educational facilities in the park such as visitor center, rhododendron, medicinal plants and orchid gardens, children’s park, Baritsho lake, yak herder tent, eco-campsites and green house. In the visitor center, presentation on environmental issues including garbage problem was made by Park In-charge Mr. Tenzin Phuntsho followed by screening of park documentary.
Sonam Choden, the coordinator from NRED said, “Such activity will be a monthly feature henceforth involving different schools under Thimphu”.
Besides carrying out the clean up, the visit was also organized to help inculcate and develop appreciation for nature by the students and how individual actions can contribute to resolving environmental issues such as waste management.
Sonam Wangchuk, the student representative put the experience of all the visiting members saying that it was an experience they’ve never dreamt of. They thanked the department for conducting such activity, which gave them opportunity to learn about the park, environmental issues and participate in clean up activity.
Tshering Dema, a community representative from Hongtsho said “When outsiders volunteer to do cleaning of our area, it is also our uncalled duty to support and participate”.
The program was organized by NRED with financial support from Royal Government of Bhutan.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Thinley Dorji out for hunting ‘Buddha Mushroom’ in Blue pine Forests

Bumthanps in droves collects magic mushroom helping mint lots of money  All thanks to income he generates from selling Matsutake mushroom which Blue pine forests in Ura, Bumthang is endowed with, Thinley Dorji, 36 was able to put up decent roof over his head. This is in addition to the steady follow of money for educational expenses of his three school-going kids. But it is easier to be envious of such benefits than having to hear the whole lot of story behind the facade. It simply takes someone a whole lot of determinations and sacrifices in collecting the marvelous Matsutake mushroom. Thinley wakes up early, from the shed he spent his other night guarding his potato crops from wild animals. Believing that “early bird catches most worms,” he needs to be in the forests ahead of all other folks. Otherwise, what is grown will have to be shared among the parade of collectors. "Lucky for him, there was a light drizzle, the other night and Thinley heads out optimistic of the good

An unending war in Wangling battlefield

It is mid-summer and Goshing Wangling, a remote village in Zhemgang has transformed into an extraordinarily beautiful hamlet. The quaint little hamlet has turned extravagantly lush with tropical vegetation fencing the village while the inside is chock-full with different varieties of agriculture crops growing green and fresh. It is possible to literally hear the butterfly wing beat and feel the soft seasonal breeze transport to some magical land of peace and plenty far away from the crowd of modern settlements. The vista stretches far beyond the little settlements. One wonders that if Wangling can contain and give so much, what amazing wealth of floral and faunal beauty could exist between the tall, splendid mountains faraway and the vast spotless azure sky behind them.  Peace that appears to reign so abundantly in this small village, however is not absolute. Hidden behind the façade lies a chronic problem. "The Wangling farmers have to constantly face rampaging wild animals tha

An honour of delivering His Majesty’s 'Soelra'

Have you ever tried, even once, to stand outside in winter for few hours? Ok, let me be more lenient. Let’s keep it for few minutes? I’m pretty sure that a minute or two out in cold would send anyone rushing back to heater or Bukhari. "Concerned that Desuups have to brace the unforgiving winter cold, His Majesty's Soelra was bestowed with supply of firewood" It so happened that when lockdown 2.0 in Bhutan was imposed due to community outbreak in December last year, the temperature was plummeting especially in Thimphu. During such time, Desuups came forward in large number in spirit of volunteerism to ensure lockdown protocols are adhered by general public. "When many people got bored locked inside their home, we were daily engaged in such tiring work" The nature of duty during such time entailed carrying out patrolling, guarding certain area, unloading of essentials, to name few. But the guarding of ‘red buildings’ I personally noticed was really challenging.