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Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS)

Regardless of its comparatively small size, the sanctuary functions as one of the major watersheds benefiting downstream districts from its two main rivers and numerous lakes.

  • Total area: 740.60 km2
  • Location: Far east of the country
Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS) Map - Bhutan For Life

Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS)

Faunal and Floral Diversity

0 species of mammals
0 species of birds
0 species of reptiles
0 species of fish
0 species of plants (Home to 35 species of Rhododendron)
0 species of butterflies

Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS)

Inhabitants & Livelihood

0 Home to approximately 4500 people known as the Brokpas
The primary source of livelihood for the residents is livestock rearing yaks, sheep, and Dzoe and Dzoms (hybrid of yak and cow)
With limited arable land and harsh weather conditions, agriculture is restricted to few pockets of the settlement leaving the Brokpas with no other alternative than to practice a transhumance way of living

Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS)

Camping & Trekking

Trekking Route

  • The Merak-Sakteng loop trail is the longest trekking route inside the sanctuary aside from a short birding and orchid trail near a camping site at Joenkhar

Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS)

Risk & Threats

Grazing pressure from the demand of a high livestock population

Construction of farm roads

  • Another upcoming threat is caused by clearing the strip of pristine habitat for the construction of farm roads to connect the two areas of Merak and Sakteng.

Hydro-power construction

  • The Gamri River that meanders through the sanctuary has been identified as one of the potential river to harness water energy. The risk of losing a huge proportion of habitat to this construction in the near future is foreseen

SWS's Future with BFL

Degraded lands within SWS mapped and restored with climate-smart mechanisms
An eco-tourism project implemented
Eco-lodges and eco-treks designed and developed
Watersheds in SWS fully protected and effectively managed by 2030.
Park communities implement climate-smart organic agriculture and alternative energies
Forest quality and extent is maintained
New nature-based local enterprises implemented
SWS equipped with adequate and competent staff and essential equipment and infrastructure