World Environment Day at Tshothang and Zangthi Villages (Lauri)

 

This year the World Environment, 5th June, a day was celebrated at very remote village of Lauri Geog of Tshothang and Zangthi. The team from the Dzongkhag led by the Hon’ble Dasho Dzongda participated in the two-days programs. The Tshothang and Zangthi villages comprises of more than 120 HHs altogether. Those two are the most remote village in the Geog. It shares common boundaries with the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. The livelihood of the community depends on non-wood forest products (NWFPs), labor wages, and livestock products as major source of income for the HHs. The staple food are maize and up-land rice.

This special day was uniquely observed in remote villages to commemorate the 60th Birth Anniversary of our beloved 4th Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan, His Majesty the King, Jigme Singye Wangchuk.

The whole of two days were dedicated to his long life and to pay respect for His Majesty’s selfless services to the people and the country. As a gratitude for the glorious reign of His Majesty, the community, Gomdra, Shedra and civil servants planted more than 10,000 trees in those two villages. More importantly, emphasis was also given to re-habilitation the Tshothang Tsho which had dried a long time ago. Planting trees and clearing the Serbs for rejuvenating the lake once again is a dream come true for most of the residents of Tshothang Village.

The day opened with Marchang ceremony followed by Paa Cham to please the peaceful deities in the locality. Almost all households actively participated during the two days plantation program. During the gathering, Hon’ble Dasho Dzongda who was also the Chief Guest of the events, expressed his full satisfaction for active participation by the communities. He also reminded the importance of trees and climate changes, which are now experienced in our country like glacier lakes melting, untimely monsoon, and drying of streams water source, sporadic pests out breaks and temperature rising so on. Dasho, therefore expressed to live in harmony with nature. Dasho also informed that with the revival of the historic lake, Tshongthang village shall be more spectacular with visitors turning up for leisure trips, thereby helping the local economy to grow. The Gup also briefed on the importance of trees and creating pristine environment for the long term benefits of the community in large. The Dzongkhag Foresetry Sector informed the gathering on the importance of environment day and demonstrated how to plant trees.

Few years from now the villages of Tshothang and Zangthi shall regain its beauty and regenerate flora and fauna once again. These joint and determined efforts to promote its rich spiritual path and environment friendly supports from the communities shall strengthen and add resilience to the ecological system of these villages. Following the excessive exploitation of natural resources by the communities for the past few decades, it has become difficult for the villagers to get timber for construction and to gather firewood.

During the events, the team was blessed and honored to have His Eminence, Tshongthang Rimpoche genuinely participating among us. The day ended with dances and mask dance from Gomdra. The events were organized by Geog Administration in collaboration with Dzongkhag Forestry Sector and Tshothang Dratshang.

 

Thinley Rabten
Sr. Dzongkhag Livestock Officer