Biological Corridor - 9: a green connecting Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary and Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary in eastern Bhutan



Posted on 14 November 2023
Biological corridor -9 connects Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary with Bumdeling wildlife sanctuary
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Marking a new highlight in Bhutan’s conservation journey, Bhutan declared new biological corridor connecting Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary and Bumdelling Wildlife Sanctuary in eastern Bhutan.
 
Protected areas in Bhutan cover over 50 percent of the country's land and are interconnected by biological corridors. However, there was no corridor connecting the Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary and Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary till date.
 
The new biological corridor provides an ecological connectivity between Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary and Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, which has similar biodiversity and minimal fragmentation. 
 
This increases Bhutan's protected area coverage to 52 percent of the country's geographical area, benefiting both the environment and the people. Its establishment completes the Bhutan Biological Corridor Complex. 
 
The ninth Session of the Third Parliament of Bhutan declared new biological corridor.
 
The corridor covers six gewogs in Trashi-yangtse and one in Trashigang districts. It is expected to ensure animal movement, secure conservation funds, and preserve 124 species of birds, 25 species of mammals, and 227 species of plants.
WWF-Bhutan congratulates the Royal Government of Bhutan, the Department of Forest and Park Services and the conservation partners such as Bhutan for Life and Green Climate Fund for playing a pivotal role in shaping Bhutan’s conservation journey till date.

The new biological corridor named BC9 forms an integral part of Bhutan's Protected Areas System. The designation of this corridor is yet another milestone in our conservation history and indicates Bhutan's commitment to the global goal of increasing the coverage of Protected Areas for halting biodiversity loss and mitigating climate change.
 
Lobzang Dorji, Director
Department of Forest and Park Services, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources
 
While the new biological corridor forms an essential part of forest ecosystem, allowing free movement of wildlife, it has a huge potential to safeguard the economic and social-well-being of the communities by sustaining ecosystem services that supports livelihood activities.”
 
Chimi Rinzin, Country Director
WWF-Bhutan
Biological corridor -9 connects Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary with Bumdeling wildlife sanctuary
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