Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen in­au­gu­rates eco park on World En­vi­ron­ment Day

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5June 2016: Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen in­au­gu­rated the Thim­phu Eco Park, dur­ing the World En­vi­ron­ment Day cel­e­bra­tions in Thim­phu.

The Thim­phu Eco Park below the Changangkha Lhakhang, with large stretches of wet­land within it, har­bours di­verse species of flora and fauna, and be­sides be­ing a water reser­voir, is also an im­por­tant car­bon sink. The 10.77 acres in the heart of the city, com­pris­ing mostly of wet­land, has now been des­ig­nated an ur­ban park to pro­tect the eco­log­i­cal wealth in the area.

Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen also planted a tree in the park, and launched the `Bhutan State of En­vi­ron­ment’ re­port. Her Majesty then awarded prizes to the win­ners of the Youth Ac­tion for 4R’s Com­pe­ti­tion, which was held among 10 Thim­phu Schools.

The theme for the World En­vi­ron­ment Day this year is “Go Wild for Life: Zero tol­er­ance for the il­le­gal wildlife trade.” The Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and Forests out­lined the gov­ern­ment’s plans to curb il­le­gal wildlife trade in the re­gion, dur­ing the event.

Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen also in­au­gu­rated the One Ge­wog One Prod­uct Shop and Tra­di­tional Cui­sine House, lo­cated within the park premises. The One Ge­wog One Prod­uct Shop is an out­let for lo­cal pro­duce from farm­ers across the coun­try, pack­aged and mar­keted with the sup­port of the Queen’s Project. A di­verse range of or­ganic food prod­ucts and unique tra­di­tional hand­i­crafts, pro­duced by ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, will be sold at the OGOP Shop, bring­ing di­rect eco­nom­i­cal ben­e­fits to these com­mu­ni­ties.

The Tra­di­tional Cui­sine House is a tra­di­tional restau­rant that serves some of the more un­usual tra­di­tional Bhutanese food. It is man­aged by vol­un­teers from the Trongsa Pen­lop Thuen­drel Club- com­pris­ing of re­cip­i­ents of the Trongsa Pen­lop Schol­ar­ship.

Her Majesty ex­am­ines some of the prod­ucts at the One Ge­wog One Prod­uct Shop. The One Ge­wog One Prod­uct Shop is an out­let for lo­cal pro­duce from farm­ers across the coun­try, pack­aged and mar­keted with the sup­port of the Queen’s Project.

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