4/10/2017, Phuntsholing: A total of 47 Data Managers from field divisions and Parks are being trained on Forest Information Reporting and Monitoring System (FIRMS) at Phuntsholing from October 4 till 7, 2017. In addition to 24 data managers at the division or park headquarter, the current group also includes data managers from Range offices, Forest Management Units and Forest Check posts.
The training is expected to thoroughly train the participants on the database and be able to feed in most reliable and quality information and data in the system. During the 4 days training, the participants are taken through each of the module that captures information and data on timber utilization, Non-wood forest products, forest management units, community forestry, forest and wildlife crime, human-wildlife conflicts and several other services the department provides to the general public.
The training is conducted in mixed mode where the participants are first introduced to each module and its fields and then are made to do it practically. In addition, the discussions are being held extensively to identify the practicability and discrepancies of each module and are resolved. These data managers once trained will go back to their respective office and train data managers further down at Range, FMUs, Beat Offices and Check posts level.
The Department’s central database, FIRMS was rolled out after an official launch on July 31, 2017 coinciding with the celebration of World Ranger Day. After that, the system was rolled out to the field whereby the data managers were requested to use the system and feed data through it in parallel to the existing Forest Information Database (FID) system. This is to ensure that data security is ensured until the FIRMS stabilize.
The FIRMS system was developed by Forest Resources Management Division (FRMD) through contracting it out to the private IT firm with the objective to centralize all information and data pertaining to the Department. It was done to maintain and provide consistent data to information consumers both within and outside the Department unlike in the past where almost every division used to maintain information of their own.
The development of FIRMS and training of the data managers was supported through REDD+ project.