The plantation is in celebrating the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth King of Bhutan who is considered as the ‘champion of environment’ worldwide. The plantation took place coinciding with the coronation of the 4th King of Bhutan and Social Forestry day. The plantation is PICSA’s (Peoples’ Initiative in Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary) initiative in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.
Currently, more than 75 per cent of the land is under forest cover and the constitution of Bhutan states that a minimum of 60 per cent of the land shall be covered under forest for all times to come.
Conservation of environment is one of the pillars of Gross National happiness (GNH), a unique developmental philosophy initiated by the Fourth King of Bhutan which makes Bhutan an example to cite across the globe.
“You have done your country proud. You have done each and every Bhutanese citizen, your Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck and your King, the Fifth King very proud. I, from the bottom of my heart, salute you. I salute you. We have done it,” said Her Majesty, the Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.
The event was initiated by Mr. Karma Tshering and he pointed out that ‘to pay a tribute for a King on a subject he has emphasized on and to set the world record means a big thing for me and my country’.
“If this record is broken, we will set it again,” said PICSA’s Project Coordinator, Karma Tshering.