Concept of ‘Supporting Green Compensatory Plantation’ (SGCP) is initiated by the Druk Holding and Investment Ltd. (DHI) in 2017 in order to encourage DHI companies to participate in tree plantation program and contribute towards environment conservation. 

Natural Resources Development Corporation Limited (NRDCL) is the implementing agency and is responsible for identification of plantation area, implement plantation program and maintenance of plantation till it is fully established. Whereas, the DHI Companies will financially support the plantation program based on the principle of ‘pay and adopt’ model.

SGCP program includes afforestation in blank areas, reforestation in degraded/deforested areas, rehabitation of fire burnt and pest/disease affected areas.  Program also includes plantation to protect the watershed areas and commercial tree plantation.

In 2017, NRDCL with financial support from DHI Companies will create 22 hectares (Ha.) of plantation with the investment of Nu. 3.95 million which includes plantation maintenance for next 5 years. The four hectare plantation at Sangaygang, Thimphu is funded by Bank of Bhutan, four hectare at Chendebji, Trongsa by Bhutan Power Corporation, eight hectare at Gelephu, Sarpang by Druk Green Power Corporation and 6 hectares at Langjophaka, Thimphu by Bhutan Telecom.  A total of 35,200 number of tree seedlings will be planted.

Reforestation and afforestation program is important mandate of NRDCL since inception and company carries out plantation program to restock timber harvested areas and to rehabilitate barren/degraded areas within and outside its working areas. From 1989 to 2016, NRDCL has created 1972.06 Ha. of plantation across the country and  881.36 Ha. of established plantation was handed over to DoFPS in 2015. In addition to the normal plantation carried out by NRDCL, SGCP program will be an annual event. 

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