RANGELAND AND FARMING SECTION
The Rangeland and Farming Systems Section (R&FSS) will aim to focus on R&FSS activities of relevance to watershed management program and it is designed to contribute to a larger program vision, goal and objective of the National Watershed Management Program and provide technical and informational assistance to Watershed Management Division to strengthened institutional and organizational development of watershed management across the country.
Develop and maintain close working relationship with other sections of the division to ensure integrity and facilitate the integration of R&FSS activities of relevance to watershed management objectives into Geog and other relevant area based management plans with the view to support participatory planning by bringing together the relevant line agencies to ensure holistic and integrated planning at the geog level. Take lead in assessing impact of R&FSS activities of relevance to watershed management.
Core Functions of R&FSS:
- Facilitate coordination, collaboration, networking and establishment of partnerships with relevant agencies to ensure mainstreaming of rangeland, field crops and horticulture activities of relevance to watershed management objectives & plans into the regular planning and budgeting processes of central programmes of respective geogs in the dzongkhags.
- Carry out biophysical assessment and socio-economic survey pertinent to number of house hold and population using rapid appraisal system to determine farming systems/grazing patterns, identify land uses (e.g. satellite image, aerial photo interpretation); slope, vegetation; biodiversity, cadaster etc, of relevance to watershed management objectives within the given catchment areas.
- Provide Technical Backstopping to Support implementation of R&FSS activities of relevance to achieving watershed management objectives by other line agencies
- Provide Awareness Training and Education to local communities and other stakeholders on different aspects of watershed resources management, tools and techniques concerning to the sector.
- Assess the different types of environmental services being provided within different categories of watersheds and the value of those services (costs/benefits) through employment of appropriate PES tools
- Evaluate the current and potential demand and willingness to pay for services that contribute to sustainable use of land, water and vegetation, landscape management and improved household food security and nutrition
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