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

Email

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

In recent years, erratic weather caused by climate change has negative impact on farms in Bhutan. (Source: World Bank Climate)

 

By Staff Reporter BBS

Bhutan stepped up its response to climate change with the launch of a project to advance its National Adaptation Plan (focused on water) on 20 June. 

According to a press release, the project, to be implemented with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), benefits from a US$ 2.7m grant from the Green Climate Fund.

This fund was created under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenges of climate change.

The formulation and implementation of the National Adaptation Plan will be led by the National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS), in collaboration with several other government agencies.

Civil Society Organisations and the Academia of Bhutan will also have an active role in shaping the process.

Environmental threats faced by Bhutan

Currently, Bhutan faces a range of threats arising from climate change. Heavy rainfall is becoming more common and has led to flash floods and landslides.

At the same time, melting glaciers are impacting water availability and creating a looming risk of glacial lakes outburst floods (GLOF). In some pockets of the country, there are reports of streams drying up, causing water scarcity.

 

The Lemthang Tsho GLOF breached in the evening of 28 July 2015 in north-western Bhutan. The collapse of a near vertical wall of supra-glacial lake triggered by 2 days of incessant rainfall opened up the englacial conduit. This caused the emptying of the interconnected supraglacial lakes into Lemthang Tsho.

Photo: Springer Link

 

The hydropower, agriculture, and tourism sectors, which together account for almost a quarter of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Bhutan, are all highly dependent on and affected by climate variability and natural hazards.

The agricultural sector alone is the lifeline of around 58 per cent of the population and generates around 17 per cent of Bhutan’s GDP.

Active steps taken by Bhutan to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change

“Bhutan has been working continuously to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change through independent projects and programs. The National Adaptation Plan will take it a step forward by planning for medium and long term adaptation interventions,” said Phento Tshering, the Officiating Secretary of NECS.

“By the end of the project, we will have a fully formulated first National Adaptation Plan of Bhutan and also a monitoring and evaluation system to assess climate resilience.”

The new project builds on work already underway to identify and respond to climate change impacts such as:

  1. a comprehensive National Adaptation Programme of Action,
  2. Bhutan’s Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement (including both mitigation and adaptation), and
  3. a current Five-Year Plan with a focus on climate and disaster resilience.

Water security has consistently been identified as a national priority for Bhutan

“The advancement of Bhutan’s National Adaptation Plan is absolutely key not only for building resilience against climate change but also for advancing the 2030 Agenda across the board,” said the Resident Representative of UNDP Bhutan, Azusa Kubota.

 

Photo: BBS

 

This is a key moment for the country and timely for the UN Climate Action Summit as it reflects the leadership of the Royal Government of Bhutan in achieving low-emission and climate-resilient development, specifically in securing one of the most precious resources we have on our mother planet: water.”

She added that the UNDP has been a long-time partner of the Royal Government of Bhutan in climate adaptation and development.

“We are proud to have supported a number of successful projects,which have contributed to reducing glacial lake outburst flood risks, enhancing national, local and community capacity to prepare for and respond to climate-induced disasters, and maintaining sustainable forest and agricultural systems. The UNDP looks forward to working with the government in further advancing its National Adaptation Plan.”

 

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

 


Related Posts

Workshop Held In Bhutan To Tackle Climate Change In The Hindu...

“Bhutan had great examples such as promoting organic farming, protecting biodiversity and building ecosystem...

Jun 03, 2019 21:28

International Climate Initiative and WWF Germany To Support...

A team from WWF Bhutan and Germany visited seven of the nine targeted districts in the country’s Southwestern region to...

May 22, 2019 11:48

Bhutan To Implement Three Initiatives As Chair Of LDC Group To...

“Climate change impacts are growing and countries are facing more extreme climate events,” said Manjeet Dhakal (Head of...

May 18, 2019 20:08

Bhutan Addressed Climate Change Concerns With Foreign Delegates...

Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tshering said at the Round Table Meeting that climate change is real and efforts must be made...

Mar 22, 2019 18:45

'Bhutan Dialogues' Goes Global To Discuss Issues Concerning...

Bhutan Dialogues is a forum where leaders and change-makers can talk about policies, issues, challenges and solutions...

Feb 22, 2019 23:01

One Third Of The Hindu Kush Himalayan Glaciers Could Melt By End...

Bhutan will see a rise in temperature higher than the regional average of the Hindu Kush Himalaya.

Feb 13, 2019 17:56

Latest

News

Conference On Biodemocracy - Balancing Political And Ecological Democracy Held In Bhutan

The conference helped to deepen democracy through discussions on harmonious coexistence.

Jul 20, 2019 19:38

Government Of Bhutan Injects Nu 1 Billion To Kick-start Organic Flagship Programme

To export a product as an organic, it will be certified only after proper laboratory tests have been conducted.

Jul 12, 2019 21:48

Features

Inspired By His Majesty The King, The Reading Retreat Aims To Inculcate Reading Habits Among Bhutan’s Youth

The upcoming reading retreat, which is scheduled from July 21 – 27, is expected to attract 268 students from schools across Bhutan.

Jul 16, 2019 23:58

Bhutan’s Commitment To Maintain Its Carbon Negative Status And Rich Biodiversity

The land where Bhutan is located has an exceptional concentration of endemic species.

Jul 15, 2019 23:38

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 08, 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

Bhutan Economic Forum for Innovative Transformation Conference Held To Boost Cottage & Small Industries

The Bhutan Economic Forum for Innovative Transformation Conference was held from 16-18 July in Thimphu.

Jul 18, 2019 22:32

Celebrating Bhutan's Entrepreneurs: Kunzang Choki Of Junction Bookstore, Thimphu

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

Jul 13, 2019 19:59

Travel

Bhutan Has Great Potential To Be A Top Eco-Tourism Spot: Albert Teo

Despite Bhutan being home to a wide array of flora and fauna, it is still not a top ecotourism destination.

Jul 19, 2019 23:58

Ride Up Bhutan’s Legendary Tiger’s Nest Monastery And Enjoy The Scenic Trail On Horseback

Pony services to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is expected to be more organised come next month.

Jul 17, 2019 21:28

Lifestyle

French Designer Christian Louboutin Releases Bhutan-inspired Shoe Collection

Bhutan’s rich craftsmanship inspired the designer’s latest collection.

Jul 06, 2019 08:53

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

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!