A workshop to impart theoretical knowledge to forest fire volunteers is underway from 19th June for two days in the conference hall of Hotel Dragon Roots in Thimphu. Participants include volunteers under the Forest Fire Volunteer Programme that has been initiated by the Forest Fire Management Unit under the Social Forestry Division mainly towards protecting the natural resources of our country. The Director of the Department of Forest, Mr. Karma Dukpa, was the Chief Guest. The Chief Forest Officer of Samtse Division, Passang Wangchen makes a presentation
The objectives of the volunteer group are as follows:
1. To assist the Department of Forest in combating forest fires 2. To share the responsibilities of the department in protecting the countrys natural resources. This will also contribute toward fulfilling the natural policy of keeping forest cover over 60% for all time.
Volunteers come from all walks of life
Volunteers from the armed forces
The 1st Forest Fire Volunteer workshop has been conducted this year with teaching of theory for 2 days about wild fire behavior, suppression techniques and basic safety to 80 volunteers with support from the Decentralised Natural Resources Management Project under the Planning Policy Division.
Participants learning theoretical principles of forest fire fighting
The 2nd batch volunteer workshop and training will be organised similarly as per the registration.
Volunteers taking notes during the workshop
With Bap Tandin, Asst. Forest Officer, Department of Forest Photographs by Choidup Zangpo, Photographer, ICS, CoRRB