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The Divisional Forest Office was established at Dagapela in Dagana on 8/11/2016 as per the RCSC order no.RCSC/PPD-40/2016/ 3686 dated 10th May 2016 and endorsement of Dzongkhag Tshogdu of Dagana Dzongkhag held on 24th and 25 October 2016.The establishment of Territorial Division Office in Dagana was one of the results of the recent Organizational Development (OD) exercise carried out by the RCSC.

Dagana division is run by 29 forestry officials including the Chief Forestry Officer and this division caters forestry services to the people of 14 geogs, Dzongkhag administration, Dratsang, Government organizations, corporations, companies and private organizations under Dagana Dzongkhag.

Dagana dzonkhag is located in the South West of Bhutan at an elevation ranging from 300m to 3800m MSL. Dagana Dzongkhag shares its border with Wangdue in the north, Thimphu and Chukka in the west, Tsirang in the East and Sarpang and Indian State of West Bengal in the South. The total geographic area of this division is 1724.32 sq km out of which 83.25% is under forest cover.

General information about Dagana Dzongkhag (Forest Division)

Dzongkhag Number of geogs Number of Chiwogs Number of villages Number of Households Population
Dagana 14 geogs (Drujaygang, Khebisa, Lajab, Tsangkha, Dorona, Gserling, Tashiding, Tsendagang, Karmaling, Lhamo Zingkha, Nichula, Goshi, Kana and Tseza) 74 173 4350 25070
Source: Geog administration, Dagana Dzongkhag and PHCB 2005

Forests types found under Dagana Division:

  • 1. Sub-tropical broad leaved Forest
  • 2. Chir Pine Forest
  • 3. Temperate Broad leaved Forest
  • 4. Blue Pine Forest
  • 5. Mixed Conifer Forest
  • 6. Fir Forest
  • 7. Alpine Meadows
  • 1. Participate in formulating policy, acts and rules of the forestry sector
  • 2. Prepare and implement Annual Work Plans as per the FYP programs with proper monitoring and progress reporting to the department
  • 3. Act as a focal office to inform and address all forestry development plans and issues arising out of it in local development forums such as DYT and GYT
  • 4. Prepare operational plans for forest management unit in collaboration with FRMD and implement the FMU management plans as per the plan prescription and code of forest management practices
  • 5. To prepare and implement management plans for forest areas outside FMU systems for sustainable management of the forest area of Geog in order to meet the timber demands of the local people.
  • 6. Liaise with FPED, SFED, WCD, FRMD, NRED, WMD, FIMS and FFMS for information and technical expertise in the implementation of any programs and activities as required and found necessary in the field.
  • 7. Issue forestry clearance for land allotment, road construction, transmission line alignment, lease of SRF land and Kidu Land.
  • 8. Backstopping of all forestry plans implemented by other agencies namely Dzongkhag Forestry Sector, Parks, RNR-RC, NRDCL and Hydropower projects.
  • 9. Act as platform for coordination and linkage for forestry plans and activities in the region
  • 10. Monitor and regulate the proper utilization of forest resources through timely patrolling and cross checks.
  • 11. Ensure fair implementation of legal provisions of Acts and Rules for forest offences.
  • 12. Management of biological corridors and critical watersheds.
  • 13. Implement land and soil conservation activities, anti-poaching, and resource allocation to the public.
  • 14. Advocate general public on provision of acts and forest and nature conservation rules 2006.
  • 15. Carry out forest fire prevention activities and control program.
  • 16. Raise forest nursery and carry out forest plantation to revive barren SRF land
  • 17. Implementation of human wildlife conflict strategy as relevant to the division.
  • 18. Any special task assigned by the department from time to time.

In order to fulfill the above mentioned mandates of the division, Dagana division has created important sectors at the divisional office (Hq) and strengthened the field ranges and Beat offices.

Non- Wood Forest Products (NWFPs)

NWFP was identified as a major activity for poverty reduction and also to means to achieve economic growth. As such, the following NWFPS groups have been formed under Dagana Forest Division:-

Sl no. Name Area (Ha) No. of house hold Location Year Operational
1. HomaShingmenTshogpa Traditional boundary 51 Karmaling 2014-2018
2 DangraybuShingmenTshogpa Traditional boundary 27 Nichula 2014-2018
3 LaptshakaShingmenTshogpa Traditional boundary 21 Karmaling 2014-2018
4 DamchunaShingmenTshogpa Traditional boundary 46 Nichula 2014-2018
5 DorjiphuShingmenTshogpa Traditional boundary 41 Karmaling 2014-2018
6 Devi ShingmenTshogpa Traditional boundary 59 Lhamoizingkha 2014-2018

Community Forests

This division has established 25 Community Forests (CFs) in the Dzongkhags as of 27th December 2016 and some of the CFs are in the pipe line for approval.

Sl no. Name Area (Ha) No. of house hold Female Male Location Year Operational
1. Thuenlam CF 48.5 16 1 15 Tsangkha 2009
2. ThuenpaPuenzhi CF 111.37 43 24 19 Drujeygang 2009
3. TashiThoenkey CF 92.55 36 14 22 Tseza 2010
4. Namchag CF 28 15 1 14 Trashiding 2010
5. Tshothang CF 86 34 15 19 Khebisa 2010
6. Seertsho CF 55 28 11 17 Geserling 2010
7. LhalingPhuensum CF 60.26 20 11 9 Kana 2011
8. Norbuling CF 48.6 25 1 24 Trashiding 2011
9. TashiPhentab CF 97.36 34 13 21 Tseza 2011
10. Thangna CF 146.8 44 28 16 Drujeygang 2011
11. Tashithang CF 151.96 66 10 56 Geserling 2011
12. Gaytsholing CF 84.6 44 34 10 Khebisa 2012
13. NorbuDungkar CF 57.453 27 13 14 Dorona 2012
14. SamdrupCholing CF 24.648 19 9 10 Dorona 2013
15. Yeserling CF 22.82 15 1 14 Trashiding 2013
16 TashiDargey community Forest 150.80 60 47 13 Druyeygang 2015
17 Norbuzingkha community Forest 58.16 57 26 31 Tsendagang 2015
18 Soarlum community Forest 7.62 12 0 12 Gesarling 2015
19 AgochenPhuensum Community Forest 91.77 40 2 38 Khebisa 2015
20 PatalaMenchunaCommunity Forest 80.19 72 54 18 Drujeygang 2015
21 Upper Gangzur community forest 60.09 58 9 49 Tsendagang 2015
22 Balung community forest 46.80 24 1 23 Laja 2015
23 Banaphuensum community forest 72.72 29 8 21 Laja 2015
24 BaleygangGongphel community forest 25.70 30 9 21 Goshi 2016
25 Phunsum community forest 40.723 20 2 18 Goshi 2016

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