Phobjikha Valley Resource Inventory
The Phobjikha valley in Bhutan is an important high altitude wetland. It is the wintering ground for the black-necked crane (Grus nigricollis), a globally threatened species and a biological corridor between Jigme Dorji National Park and Jigme Singwey Wangchuk National Park. The area is also well known for potato cultivation. The valley is culturally significant in housing the oldest monastery in Bhutan – the Gangtey Goempa, built in the 16th century.
The study is being carried out in collaboration with RSPN to asses climate change impacts on Phobjikha wetland ecosystem. The application intends to prepare a resources inventory and to analyze land cover and land use change which provides a basis for management zonation of the valley for conservation efforts.
The application at present includes basic GIS layers such as road, settlement, river, elevation and land cover. The land cover has been derived from SPOT image (2.5m). It also contains information on crane habitat and potential management zones. This application intends to integrate field level data to support the zonation and management of the Phobjika wetland in close collaboration with Royal Society of Nature Protection (RSPN).
The application provides interactive tools to view different layers with basic GIS functionalities. The application provides a recent high resolution satellite imagery from GEOEYE as a base layer which is useful for visual interpretation and zonation. Development of decision tools for management options are planned as more field and socio-economic data layers become available.