DoFPS achieved two tar­gets and 12 on-tracks for the 11th FYP

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The Depart­ment of For­est and Park Ser­vices un­der the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and For­est have achieved only two out of 15 tar­gets in the 11th Five Year Plan but 12 of them are on track and the one is at risk. This was pre­sented last Wed­nes­day dur­ing the 11th FYP Mid Term Re­view in the cap­i­tal.

Ac­cord­ing to the pre­sen­ta­tion made by the sec­tor heads, the key per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors (KPIs) of out­come achieved for the depart­ment for for­est and park ser­vices has in­creased to 22, 0491.31 from 1,84,611 hectares in 2012 and the tar­geted was only 21, 8542 . Since the depart­ment has brought for­est un­der sus­tain­able man­age­ment and the out­come was that the depart­ment could pro­mote sus­tain­able man­age­ment and uti­liza­tion of state for­est.

More­over, the fire in­ci­dence was re­duced to 33 last year from 80 in 2012. This was achieved mainly due to the depart­ment con­duct­ing nu­mer­ous for­est fire cam­paigns. Be­cause of this ac­tiv­i­ties car­ried out by the depart­ment, the depart­ment could achieved wa­ter se­cu­rity and ecosys­tem ser­vices.

The KPIs out­come-on­track was the depart­ment could achieve 37.1 per­cent last year from 28 per­cent in 2012. The KPIs was pro­por­tion of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and in­sti­tu­tions par­tic­i­pat- ing in sus­tain­able for­est man­age­ment. The pro­por­tion of wood re­cov­ery in­creased by us­ing up­graded tech­nol­ogy which was 64 per­cent in 2012 and it was tar­geted to 70 per­cent last year and it is on­go­ing and tar­get­ing to achieve 75 per­cent.

Whereas, the in­come from the sale of for­est prod­ucts from com­mu­nity for­est and non wood for­est prod­ucts ( NWFP) groups per house hold was Nu. 2,000 in 2012 and it was tar­geted to Nu. 4,000 last year but could achieve only Nu.2, 255 last year. Be­sides this, the em­ploy­ment gen­er­ated through NWFP based en­ter­prises was 350 in 2012 but it was tar­geted to 750 but could achieve only 535.

The out­come of on- track was the depart­ment could pro­mote sus­tain­able man­age­ment and uti­liza­tion of state for­est.

Be­sides this, the depart­ment is also on track of Snow Leop­ard, ele­phant sur­vey on­go­ing and ad­di­tional black bear.

More­over, the bird species are also tagged for the study which in­cludes 23 grif­fons, three Ru­fous necked horn­bills and 14 cranes which four of them where con­firmed feed­ing and breed­ing site with pop­u­la­tion fig­ure of WBH in Bhutan. Hu­man wildlife con­flict in­ci­dents re­duced from 162 in 2012 to 65 last year but although it was tar­geted to 50 last year.

Pro­por­tion of na­ture based eco-tourist in­creased through na­ture recre­ation and com­mu­nity based eco­tourism in­crease from 13 per­cent in 2012 to 19 per­cent last year.

The KPIs of out­coms at risk was to re­duce forestry of­fence cases per year from 444 in 2012 and the tar­get was to less than 250 and could achieve 159 for wildlife crimes and 442 for the tim­bers last year.

Mean­while, other achieve­ment for the depart­ment in­cludes the plan­ta­tion of 49,672 seedlings in one hour to achieve ge­nius world record and the con­struc­tion of 10 km bik­ing trail around Thim­phu, hu­man wildlife con­flict en­dow­ment fund and green Bhutan Pro­ject.

Ly­onpo Yeshi Dorji re­port­ing the sta­tus of ac­tiv­i­ties un­der the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and For­est at the 11 Five Year Plan Mid Term Re­view.

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