Social forestry day

rich mountains

rich mountains

Today, 2nd June, is social forestry day. It is also the day when, 35 years ago, we celebrated the coronation of His Majesty the King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. What’s the connection? It’s quite straightforward: Our Fourth Druk Gyalpo, despite heavy odds, made our country one of the world’s most famous hotspots for biodiversity.

So I asked my daughter to help me select a picture to celebrate social forestry day. She chose this photograph, of the mountains opposite the Gasa Dzong. My photo does not do the forests justice but, believe me, the mountains are heavily forested.

 

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  1. hope you planted a tree too, keeping the tradtion and the culture of the day!!

  2. tchoden says:

    Besides the long speeches from the chief guest in the scorching sun, I love this day especially because we get to plant a tree. I remember some of the trees i planted from primary to high school. The tradition was much stronger when i was in primary school but not so much thereafter.

  3. I agree with Tchoden. The tradition of planting the saplings were more ritualistic and grand those days (early 1990s for me). Those days despite least advocacy and information, we as a youth were thrilled to get our sapling from nursery and plant to designated area. I planted few trees as well and they have grown into trunk now. But in certain cases they have been cut for space and construction. My efforts have been drainined and the investments nullified. Responsible authorities should take into account such happenings and plan their activities as well.

    I recently visited Royal Society for Protection of Nature’s (RSPN)website- rspnbhutan.org and found Mr. T S Poudel’s speech of 5th June (Audio and text. I recomment viewers for a change. Lets support for green Bhutan.

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