Bhutan — His Excellency Lyonpo (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests awarded certificates to the fourty participants who underwent the four days training of trainers on the theme National Level Fire Management: Basic Prevention and Suppression. The training was organized by Forest Protection and Utilization Division, Department of Forest and Park Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests from 13 to 16 December 2010 in Thimphu. The participants are expected to resource their training knowledge to their subordinates in their respective vicinity.
Ms. Alissa Roeder, Ms. Kara Stringer from the US. Forest Service and Dr. Ron Wakimoto from the University of Montana who resourced the training expressed in their summary of training that they were very impressed with the effort and dedication shown by the participants. They further shared that such training should be carried out often. The participants expressed their gratitude for organizing such comprehensive and intensive training. They shared that it was very timely and useful.
His Excellency in his address shared that it doesnt make sense talking at global level until and unless something is done at the ground level. This activity and activities of such kind are the answer to the global issue of climate change. He expressed that Bhutan being very vulnerable to natural disaster an effective defense system is essential. He also shared that the traditional method of suppressing fire is not effective; talks are underway to at least come up with basic equipments for rescue mission and suppressing fire.
His Excellency also expressed that the National Environment Commission is not the only organization responsible for conservation of environment. The Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS) along with the armed forces could contribute substantially in addressing the global issues.
He also informed that talks are underway with the University of Wales and University of Colombo to collaborate in conducting research and exchange program.
Mr. Karma Dukpa, Director, DoFPS shared that such activity and gathering creates opportunity to develop understanding between the foresters and the armed force. He thanked the armed force for their unfailing support in suppressing forest fire.
The award of certificate was followed by the Forest Fire Campaign Program rehearsal, a street play performed by the Happy Youth Valley. The Forest Fire Campaign Program was developed by the Forest Fire Management Section with support from United Nation Development Program. The Forest Fire Campaign Program will be carried out in Paro, Wangduephodrang, Punakha and Thimphu.