Wangchuck Centennial National Park - bfl



Wangchuck Centennial National Park (WCNP)

It represents one of the best examples of the middle Himalayan ecosystem and...

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Park Information

Faunal and Floral Diversity

Inhabitants & Livelihood

Camping & Trekking Sites

Risk & Threats

BFL's Future Achievements

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Park Information

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It represents one of the best examples of the middle Himalayan ecosystem and contains several ecological biomes ranging from blue pine forests to dry alpine screes and permanent snow and ice

  • Largest park in Bhutan
  • Total area: 4914 km2
  • Location: Northern frontiers of the country and falls within the boundaries of five districts of the country
  • In the future, the park has plans to conduct studies on the total area of glaciers in the park as well as some impacts from global warming on these glaciers

Faunal and Floral Diversity

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43

species of mammals recorded

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250

species of birds

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43

species of butterflies

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693

species of plants

Inhabitants & Livelihood

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10588

people reside inside the park

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12%

The yak-herding communities represent about 12% of the households, while the rest are farming (non- yak herding) communities

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Subsistence farming and rearing of livestock are the main livelihoods for the communities living inside the park

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70%

More than 70% of the fungus collected is from the areas which fall within the park

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The income generated from the sale of Cordyceps help the communities purchase necessities, build homes, educate children, buy livestock, and acquire solar and cooking gas

Camping & Trekking Sites

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Popular tourist attractions include

The BebzurChukpo Heritage Museum, The Dorjibi Weaving Center, The Febilla Eco Trail & The Ravel beak Trail

Risk & Threats

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Illegal & unsustainable harvesting of cordyceps & medicinal plants

Since the legalization of Cordyceps and medicinal plants by the Government, the number of gatherers has increased over the years and has led to unsustainable harvesting and the destruction to habitats

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Habitat fragmentation & degradation

Developmental activities have also contributed to the habitat fragmentation and degradation

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Solid waste accumulation

With an increasing number of visitors both tourists and local visitors, the accumulation of waste and litters, especially in the alpine region, has been increasing over the years

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Poaching

Musk deer poaching specifically has been increasing over the years

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Forest fire & illegal collection of firewood


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Overgrazing of forests & alpine habitats


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Glacial lake outburst floods


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Human wildlife conflicts


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What will BFL achieve for WCNP?

WCNP's Future with BFL

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High-biodiversity habitats, degraded forests, and climate refugia designated

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Increased tiger and snow leopard population

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Degraded lands within WCNP mapped and restored with climate-smart mechanisms

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WCNP equipped with adequate and competent staff as well as essential equipment and infrastructure

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Park communities implement effective waste management programs

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Eco-lodges and eco-treks designed and developed

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Park communities equipped with community-based crop and livestock HWC insurance schemes

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Human-wildlife Conflict hotspots mapped and installed with appropriate physical barriers

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Forest quality and extent is maintained

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New nature-based local enterprises implemented

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Conservation status of other high-profile, lesser known, endangered and endemic flora and fauna species determined

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