In September 2022, a flash flood devastated Jasabi village of Kurtoe in Lhuntse. The disaster buried two houses and resulted in the loss of five lives. It also damaged agricultural land, fruit plants, irrigation systems, and power supply amenities. As agriculture is the main source of livelihood for the people in Jasabi, farming households were severely affected by the flood.
In response to this, Gross International Nature (GIN), a youth-led environmental conservation organization in Thimphu, initiated a project to restore the community's agricultural facilities, recognizing the importance of agriculture as the main source of livelihood for the people in Jasabi.
The initiative was funded by the Loss & Damage Youth Coalition grant,
in recognition of GIN's work in addressing
Climate change-induced Loss and Damage (L&D).
GIN restored 2 greenhouses previously used by the community
and provided a power tiller lost by one of the residents
for land use management. The project also involved support
from the Lhuntse Dzongkhag Administration and the
Local Government Administration of Kurtoe for the transportation
of materials and relevant resources.
This project 'Restoring Jasabi' is an important initiative that exemplifies youth leadership in environmental activism in Bhutan. It is a critical step towards building climate resilience and supporting frontline communities affected by climate-induced L&D incidents. GIN's work in Jasabi highlights the importance of advocating for L&D caused by climate change and creates a precedent for aspiring youths to advocate for similar initiatives in the future.
Overall, GIN's project in Jasabi is a testament to the power of youth-led initiatives in addressing the impacts of climate change in Bhutan.