‘Bhutan For Life’ Aims To Safeguard Its Protected Areas And Remain Carbon Negative

Email

The ‘Protected Areas’ in Bhutan comprises of four national parks, four wildlife sanctuaries and one nature reserve.

(Source: Bhutan for Life)

 

By Staff Reporter | Kuensel

Her Majesty the Gyalyum Tshering Pem Wangchuck, the Co-Chair of the Bhutan Foundation handed over a cheque worth USD 520,000 to the Chairman of ‘Bhutan for Life’ and the Agriculture secretary, Rinzin Dorji in a simple ceremony on December 11.

The Bhutan Foundation works in five core areas – conservation of the environment, preservation of culture, equitable development, good governance and the creation of greater awareness and understanding of Bhutan around the world.

To ensure that Bhutan remains economically and environmentally sustainable, the government and the World Wildlife Fund have committed to create an innovative funding approach called ‘Bhutan for Life’.

More about ‘Bhutan for Life’

‘Bhutan for Life’ was initiated to improve the management of the country’s ‘Protected Areas’ and to ensure that at least 60% of the country remains under forest cover.

However, some of these Protected Areas’ are increasingly facing encroachment from various factors such as: economic development in the surrounding areas, illegal extraction of resources and adverse impacts of weather-related events such as landslides, floods and forest fires.

 

Source: DrukAsia

 

As Bhutan has committed to its goal of remaining carbon neutral under the Paris Agreement, constructive steps have been taken by ‘Bhutan for Life’ to maintain this goal. It has supported the government in securing long term revenues and resources to safeguard the ‘Protected Areas’.

‘Bhutan for Life’ also encourages the optimal use of natural resources while enhancing the livelihoods of its people and the country’s unique biodiversity.

The initiative will also provide the government with a USD 40 million transition fund until 2030. The fund will be used to build up and effectively manage a robust network of protected areas and wildlife corridors, which covers 51% of the country.

Where are the ‘Protected Areas’ in Bhutan?

The ‘Protected Areas’ in Bhutan comprises of four national parks, four wildlife sanctuaries and one nature reserve.

Source: WWF Bhutan

 

These nine ‘Protected Areas’ encompass 17 dzongkhags and the list is as follows:

  1. Jigme Dorji National Park
  2. Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park
  3. The Royal Manas National Park
  4. Thrumshingla National Park
  5. Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary
  6. Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary
  7. Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary
  8. Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary
  9. Torsa Strict Nature Reserve

Revised to represent Bhutan’s complete ecosystems in 1993, the parks network covers 26.3% or 10,758 square km of Bhutan’s land. An additional 9.5% of the country was demarcated as ‘biological corridors’ in 1999, linking all the nine ‘Protected Areas’.

A wealth of flora and fauna resides in Bhutan

Bhutan is a haven for wildlife, it is endowed with a wealth of some 5,000 species of plants and more than 200 species of animals.

 

Source: WWF Bhutan

 

This network will protect and restore wildlife—including endangered animals such as elephants, tigers, the elusive snow leopards and the critically endangered white-bellied herons.

It will also contribute to rural economic development and support will be provided for robust climate mitigation and adaptation measures.

Far-reaching positive impact from the initiative

Some of Bhutan’s rivers flow into neighbouring China, India and beyond. They are vital parts of a region that provides water for at least one-fifth of the world’s population.

 

The Wangchuck Centennial Park in northern Bhutan is the kingdom's largest national park, spanning 4,914 square kilometres over five districts. 

Source: Bhutan for Life

 

In addition, Bhutan is known globally as a net sink for greenhouse gases. Its pristine forests sequester more than 6.3 million tons of carbon dioxide, which is four times more than the amount which Bhutan emits, thereby mitigating the negative fallout from global warming.

In fact, Bhutan is not only carbon neutral, it is carbon negative. The entire country generates 2.2 million tons of carbon dioxide, but its forests sequester more than three times that amount, so it is a net carbon sink for more than 4 million tons of carbon dioxide emitted each year.

“The impact will extend far beyond the country’s borders to the millions of people who rely on the region’s rivers. It will elevate Bhutan across the world as an example of permanent forest protection and climate resilience,” a press release from the Bhutan Foundation stated.

 

 

This article first appeared in kuensel and has been edited for the Daily Bhutan.

 


Related Posts

Carbon Negative Bhutan Strives To Maintain Its Status As The...

The mountainous state absorbs three times more carbon dioxide than it emits, thanks mainly to the lush forests covering...

Oct 12, 2018 17:36

Tree Hugger Photo Competition Organised In Bhutan To Celebrate...

The categories are as follows: the Best Tree Hugger, Smallest Tree Hugger, Largest Tree Hugger, Oldest Tree Hugger,...

Aug 30, 2018 12:32

Study Finds Homestays And Eco-tourism Helped Preserve Bhutan’s...

The evaluation found that 98 percent of the homestays used exclusive traditional products like local food products and...

Aug 25, 2018 16:17

Kadoo: Learn About Bhutan’s Unique Wildlife Through An Innovative...

Kadoo: The Big Game – Explore Bhutan's Wilderness was launched on March 24, 2018 as part of WWF Bhutan’s Earth Hour...

Jul 28, 2018 08:02

Concept Of A Model Organic Village Initiated In Bhutan For...

The concept developed through funds from the Asian Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (AFACI) will bring...

Jul 06, 2018 17:17

Sightings Of White Bellied Herons Declining In Bhutan

The White Bellied Herons are secretive birds, often intolerant of close proximity to humans.

Dec 05, 2018 22:03

Latest

News

EU Commits Additional 7.3 m Euros To Support Bhutan’s Sustainable Development Path

The Lyonchhen shared that the top priority for Bhutan is to ‘narrow the gap’ and address inequalities in the country.

Jun 22, 2019 22:28

Bhutan Implements National Adaptation Plan To Counter Adverse Impact Of Climate Change

The new project builds on work already underway to identify and respond to climate change impacts.

Jun 21, 2019 23:58

Features

Bhutan To Observe ‘Zero Waste Hour’ Once A Month To Achieve A Zero Waste Society by 2030

The National Environment Commission's campaign 'My waste, my responsibility', was launched by Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen on 2 June.

Jun 24, 2019 15:46

Turning Two Soon, Twins Nima And Dawa Are ‘Happy And Healthy’ At Home In Bhutan

For more than three months since their return from Australia in early March, the twins have been doing well at home.

Jun 23, 2019 20:58

Sports

Bhutan’s Dragon Boys Starts FIFA World Cup Qualifiers With A 1-0 Win Over Guam

Midfielder, Tshering Dorji’s 35th minute strike was enough to make Bhutan win the first leg of the first round of the 2022 World Cup and...

Jun 07, 2019 22:18

Meet Choki Om – First Woman From Bhutan To Become A FIFA Referee

Originally from the district of Wangdue, Choki has already been a referee for over a decade.

May 16, 2019 20:58

Business

Swiss Business Delegates Visited Bhutan To Explore Business Opportunities

“Switzerland has a strong industrial base that equally matches the geographical conditions of Bhutan,” said Phub Zam.

Jun 14, 2019 17:25

Celebrating Bhutan's Entrepreneurs: Pema And Rinchen Dorji Wangyel Of Wangyel Studio

This story is part of an exclusive feature by Yeewong Magazine in Dec 2018 on celebrating entrepreneurship in Bhutan.

May 28, 2019 19:18

Travel

Applying Buddhist Values in Life: Discover Happiness In Bhutan Through Meditation

His Eminence Khedrupchen Rinpoche speaks about a workshop that tourists can partake in to apply Buddhist concepts into work.

Jun 21, 2019 12:35

Incorporating The Values Of Gross National Happiness Into Bhutan’s Hospitality Sector

High-end hotels like Six Senses and Zhiwa Ling have come up with their own ways to incorporate the tenets of GNH and sustainability...

Jun 09, 2019 19:28

Lifestyle

An Exciting Line-Up Of Speakers To Be Featured In Bhutan’s Mountain Echoes Festival 2019

Themed ‘Many Lives, Many Stories’ - the festival, according to the press release, will mark its 10th anniversary with modern Bhutanese...

Jun 25, 2019 21:28

5 cafes to visit in Thimphu

Best places to hang out in Thimphu for a steaming mug of coffee along with a delicious bite to eat.

Jun 19, 2019 10:30

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!