Gewog Tiger Conservation Fund

Gewog tiger conservation fund to come within this fiscal year


Gewog tiger conservation fund is needed in Bhutan. Consider this report. Located in the Bhutanese foothills of the mighty Black Mountain (Jowo Durshing), Retey village of Jigmecholing village in Sarpang, falls in the core area of Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park.

Farmers say they pay a heavy price for living in a protected area. This is because of the increasing cases of tiger attack on domestic animals.

A villager, Sangay Tenzin, said he lost about 13 cattle to the wild cats. This happened in the last two years. “I have written to Bhutan Tiger Center in Gelephu. And to the park management in Tsangkha, Trongsa.”

Farmers say there were no proper assessments of cases. Also there were no sustainable solutions to help farmers living in the protected area to sustain their livelihood. Sangay Tenzin said that there was a need to develop a solution. And a need to assess the situation of farmers in protected areas. “We lose livestock and agriculture produce to wildlife.”

There are more than 200 households in the Gongduegang chiwog in Jigmecholing. Almost all of the households depend on livestock and agriculture for living. Gewog tiger conservation fund is needed desperately.

Farmers said Retey village is most affected.