UNDP-GEF to help Bhutan look beyond the climate-environment realm

With support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF), the government of Bhutan is now working to reduce climate change vulnerabilities and sustain community livelihoods and forests.

Initially, the project plans to open up access to green resource windows, “To deliver results beyond the climate and environment realm”, said Ms. Niamh Collier-Smith, the UNDP Resident Representative a.i.

The Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) Secretary, Dasho Thinley Namgyel, said that the project planning must be such that, “The focus is on key impactful activities instead of spreading resources into smaller activities.”

The project will prioritize capacity development for forest and agricultural land management, biological corridor governance, climate-resilient livelihoods, knowledge management and monitoring and evaluation.

The Royal Government has expressed as the project being timely to deliver results against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)1 on Poverty, 13 on Climate Change and 15 on Life on Land.

The project preparation began since early 2015 following a three-day stakeholder consultation. A series of bi-lateral consultations were also held between March to September this year with national stakeholder workshops and field visits.

The total budget allocated for the project amounts to 13.9,967,124 USD. In November, the Local Project Appraisal Committee endorsed the project document. The final project document along with sub-consultancy reports and other mandatory documents are to be sent to the GEF Secretariat for approval by early January 2017.

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