16-18th November 2015; The Watershed Management Division (WMD), Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS) is conducting “Stakeholder Consultation workshop on Watershed Management Planning and Payment for Environmental Services from 16-18th November 2015 at Wangdicholing resort, Bumthang. The workshop is an activity under the project on “Sustaining Ecosystems for Livelihoods: Ecolife” (Component 2: Developing Partnership for Managing Natural Capital) for Chamkharchhu sub-basin, implemented by WMD.
The rapid assessments of watersheds along Chamkharchhu sub-basin were completed in the fiscal Year 2014-15 by Dzongkhag RNR sectors of Bumthang and Zhemgang after the training were provided by WMD. Awareness on Payment for Environmental Services (PES) mechanism as a financial option to manage watersheds were conducted. Therefore, objective of the workshop is to inform the stakeholders on the findings of rapid watersheds assessments and upcoming activities in the current fiscal year. Since all the watersheds assessed along Chamkharchhu sub-basin were either pristine or normal, one of the watershed within Chamkharchhu sub-basin will be selected by function for management planning in consultations with the relevant stakeholders. Accordingly, the core team involving relevant geog RNR staff and Dzongkhag Forestry Sectors within the selected watershed will be formed for detail assessments. Moreover, the potential Payment for Environmental Services (PES) site will be selected for further assessments and to develop in to PES scheme as part of the project. Around 45 participants are attending the workshop including Dzongkhag RNR sector heads, Dzongkhag Environmental Officers, Geog Extension staff and Geog Adm. Officers (gewogs within Chamkharchhu sub-basin), Municipality and territorial divisions of Bumthang and Zhemgang. The participants also includes from UWICE, RDC-Jakar and Wangchuck Centennial National Park.