Refresher Training Workshop on Springshed Management

15-22 April 2019: A Refresher training workshop on Springshed Management was organized by the Watershed Management Division with resource persons from Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM), Pune and ICIMOD, Nepal from 15th April till 22nd April, 2019. The participants were the focals from the selected Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) pilot sites where springshed management is being piloted and tested as a spring revival protocol. The participants for the training consist of focals from the Wangduephodrang, Sarpang, Samtse and Trashigang Forest Territorial Divisions. Other relevant stakeholders who were involved in hydrogeological mapping also participated in the refresher training.

Activities during the training included refresher training on the science of hydrogeology application in Springshed development and management, hand-holding and field facilitation in 2 SPCR pilot sites (Luetsho and Gangjue water sources) in Wangduephodrang and workshop on aquifer mapping and drafting Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the SPCR pilot sites.

Through the SPCR project, Springshed management is being piloted and tested, inorder to scope the water sources drying up in Bhutan and to reduce the unintended consequences of protection activities carried out to conserve water and wetlands in Bhutan. These sites will be closely monitored to observe the impact of springshed protocol on reviving the springs. From the observed results in the pilot sites, the WMD will thus recommend whether springshed management is useful in the context of drying water sources in Bhutan. Furthermore, the pilot sites will also try to provide answers to why water sources are drying in Bhutan and give recommendation to address the issue.