Thimphu : The Department of Forests and Park Services celebrated the World Ranger Day 2018, here in the capital city on 31st July 2018 with the theme “ Stand with the World Rangers”. The ranger’s day has been celebrated annually since 2007 by the International Ranger Federation’s (IRF) member Associations, the Thin Green Line Foundation, and by organizations and individuals who support and acknowledge the work of rangers worldwide.
The Day commemorate forestry rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and celebrates the critical work Rangers do to protect our natural treasures. This is the second time that Bhutan celebrated the World Rangers Day. This year, the celebration was aimed toward the recognition of women rangers in the Country. All the women rangers working in the Department of Forest and Park Services were invited for the event. Of the 204 women ranger working in the Department as foresters, rangers, forest officers, 82 of them attended the celebration.
The Honorable Prime Minister of Bhutan graced the celebration as the chief guest. In his keynote address, the Lyonchhen thanked the Rangers for protecting our most precious natural resources and congratulated the ranger fraternity for their selfless and dedicated service in protecting our natural resources and encouraged them to work hard and display exemplary roles in our conservation efforts. The Venerable Leytshog Lopen, Speaker of the National Assembly, Cabinet Ministers, Conservation Partners and media personnel were among the other guests who attended the celebration.
As a part of the celebration, rangers and the guests carried out tree sapling plantation at the Samazingkha Agro-Forestry Project Site. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, also launched nine publications during the event viz. the Druk Rangers Magazine Vol. II, National Forest Inventory Report Vol II, Tiger Action Plan 2018-2023, 50 years of environmental Journey in Bhutan (Vol.1, Vol.II & Vol. III.) Technical and policy brief 6 Publication, Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment in Kurichhu Watershed, A field guide of Medicinal plants of Bumthang, BTFEC Five Years Report, 11 FYP Terminal Report for MoAF.