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07 Jun 2018 description

THIMPHU, BHUTAN (6 June 2018) — The Board of Directors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan and grant package totaling $53 million to promote growth in and around Phuentsholing by developing a township area adjoining the city protected by new defenses against floods and riverbank erosion.

22 May 2018 description

Overview

The Government supports the provision of gender-appropriate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities in schools and nunneries. However, there is poor operations and maintenance (O&M) and limited knowledge about menstruation among girls. Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) guidance for students has been developed and training for teachers is underway to improve their understanding of – and confidence to teach – menstruation and puberty.

08 May 2018 description

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked least developed country (LDC) in the Himalayan Mountains, with a population of 768,577, covering an area of 38,394 km². The area is mountainous, with steep slopes and 70% forest cover. The climate varies by altitude from alpine to subtropical and is strongly influenced by monsoons. The terrain limits agricultural productivity, but whilst agriculture contributes only 16% to GDP, it employs around 58% of the workforce.

16 Apr 2018 description

For Bhutan, a tiny carbon-neutral country nestled in the Himalayas between India and China, climate change is not just an environmental problem but a serious challenge to sustainable development. Communities face a range of climate-related hazards: shrinking glaciers and water reservoirs; a higher incidence of diseases spread by mosquitos and floods; as well as more frequent flash floods, forest fires and landslides.

04 Apr 2018 description

By Chris Weeks

BANGKOK, 4 April 2018 - Bhutan’s famous Gross National Happiness index has been given a boost with the announcement that its capital, Thimphu, has joined UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign.

Mr. Kinlay Dorjee, Mayor of Thimphu, became the 702nd local leader in Asia to sign up to the Campaign when he attended last week’s Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on “Sustainable Development: Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.”

18 Mar 2018 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Positive prospects for minor wheat and barley crops

  • Above-average cereal harvest gathered in 2017

  • Cereal import requirements in 2017/18 marketing year forecast close to average levels

  • Food insecurity conditions persist in most rural areas

Positive prospects for minor wheat and barley crops

31 Jan 2018 description

Highlights

  • The Royal Government of Bhutan added fortified rice to the food basket of the National School Feeding Programme.

  • WFP facilitated the participation of Royal Government of Bhutan to the Global Child Nutrition Forum held in Montreal,
    Canada.

  • The second round of data collection for dietary assessment of school meals was completed successfully.

Operational Updates

22 Nov 2017 description

THIMPU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a donation of AUD 120,000 from the Government of Australia, which will enable WFP to continue its support to Bhutan’s National School Feeding Programme. The funds will allow WFP to feed 12,000 students for a full month during the 2018 school year.

12 Nov 2017 description

‘Protect landscapes to protect everything’: Bhutan announces national push for climate resiliency and conservation

11th November 2017, Thimphu: As COP23 international climate talks continue in Bonn, Bhutan has launched a ground-breaking US$13.9 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) project aimed at enhancing the resilience of communities and protecting the country’s unique and rich biodiversity in the face of a changing climate.

18 Oct 2017 description

This paper presents a conceptual framework for the study of the vulnerability of Bhutan, Maldives, and Nepal with a particular focus on the structural vulnerability.

05 Sep 2017 description

On behalf of the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, it gives me immense pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all the distinguished guests, delegates and participants to the United Nations Inter-Agency Earthquake Contingency Planning Workshop being organized by the United Nations in collaboration with the Department of Disaster Management.

05 Jul 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Production prospects for 2017 cereal crops favourable

  • Cereal import requirements in 2017/18 marketing year forecast at average levels

  • Food insecurity conditions persist in most rural areas

Production prospects for 2017 cereal crops favourable

13 Jun 2017 description

New Delhi, 13 June, 2017: Bhutan and Maldives have eliminated measles, a highly infectious disease that is a major childhood killer globally. The two countries have become the first in WHO South-East Asia Region to be verified for having interrupted endemic measles virus transmission, ahead of the 2020 Regional target.

31 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • Dietary Assessment: Fourteen enumerators were trained for four days on the data collection methodology and protocols. The enumerators consisted of district dietitians and officials from the district education offices.

  • Rice Fortification: A local private sector rice mill with technical support by WFP successfully blended 315 mt fortified rice for use in the second quarter of 2017.

10 May 2017 description

World Red Cross Day 2017 was special for Bhutan this year. In a ceremony steeped in tradition and graced with the presence of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, Bhutan Red Cross Society (BRCS) was officially launched on 8 May in Thimphu. Guests at the event included Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, Jeremy England, Head of the New Delhi Regional Delegation, Leon Prop, Head of the Regional Office of the IFRC and Annemarie Huber-Hotz, Vice President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent.

06 Mar 2017 description

Works to reduce flood risk from Mitidrang stream, which runs through Trashigang town, is in full swing. The stream poses threat to the town especially during heavy monsoon.

Flood protection walls are built along the stream.

The first and second phase of the project worth over Nu 15 million has been complete.

The works began in 2015-2016 financial year.

According to Trashigang Dzongda Chekey Gyeltshen, Mitidrang stream requires flood protection walls, as the stream swells during monsoon and poses threat to the town.

04 Mar 2017 description
report World Bank

Thimphu, March 2, 2017 — The Royal Government of Bhutan and the World Bank signed into effect today the preparation of the Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) Grant of US$1.5 million, which will support Bhutan to formulate a long-term plan to improve climate resilience.

24 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • A milestone in the transition to full government management of the School Feeding Programme was achieved with the Ministry of Education taking complete control of the annual workshops held for focal teachers managing the school feeding at their respective schools.

  • WFP, as a member of the UN One Programme Education Sub-Group, finalised the joint Annual Work Plan for 2017, which will be presented to the Country Programme Board for approval.

28 Dec 2016 description

Highlights

  • As a member of the UN One Programme Education SubGroup, WFP participated in the review of the 2016 Joint Annual Workplan and prepared the 2017 Joint Annual Workplan with counterparts from the Ministries of Education and Agriculture and Forests.

  • The Country Office has initiated the procurement of fortified rice to be introduced in the 2017 academic year to assist 17,000 school children.

16 Dec 2016 description

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.