Bhutan’s forests to be tracked by GIS

In order to keep an accurate track of the land under forest cover, the Bhutanese Government is going to take the help of GIS .Until a few years ago Bhutan boasted of having more than 72.5 percent of its land under forest cover. However, in 2005, the Forestry Department revealed that the figure dropped to 64.35 percent. Land Commission officials have stated that although the country’s supreme law mandated its people to maintain 60 percent forest cover for all times to come, the country lacked accurate information on the current cover. Therefore, in their draft land policy, they have proposed an agency specifically responsible for stringently protecting, monitoring and maintaining the 60 percent forest cover. Meanwhile, the Forestry Department is planning a National Forest Inventory (NFI) project, which will help in capturing comprehensive data on forest and its resources.

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I am Rashid Aziz Faridi ,Writer, Teacher and a Voracious Reader.
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