The Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) portfolio strengthens community resilience to climate change impacts by diversifying livelihoods, and improving climate change databases to protect communities from landslides, floods, and other natural calamities. Working with NGOs/CSOs, international partners and the government at the national and local levels, UNDP works to formulate policies and implement community-based disaster risk management projects.
National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) II
The project builds capacities at community, local and national levels to prepare for and respond to climate-induced hazards, and thereby reducing potential casualties and loss of infrastructure, livelihoods and assets.
The project addresses immediate and urgent needs prioritized through the 2012 National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA).
Response and Recovery Preparedness
This project improves capacities at national and local levels to mitigate the impact of disasters on people’s lives and livelihoods. It assesses recovery needs, and uses space-based information technology to measure the scope and impact of disasters.
Another aspect of the project is setting up an Early Recovery Network/Cluster, which provides real-time assessments of damages, losses, needs and planning for recovery interventions that are more effective and efficient.
The project builds long-term resilience while reducing risk during recovery from natural and man-made disasters. It includes measures to prevent forest fires, to ensure safe building practices, and to improve land development planning. The project strengthens the multi-sectoral coordination capacity of the Department of Disaster Management through improving collection and analysis of disaster-related data.
Disaster Resilient Construction Phase II
This project creates awareness and builds capacity for safe construction practices. The second phase of the project develops capacities of local artisans, masons, and engineers in building disaster-resilient infrastructure in nine districts, as well as improves training curricula for local leaders, masons and carpenters. The project will also facilitate regional exchange visits for project management, in order to share the lessons learned from Bhutan with a wider audience.
Revision of National Environment Strategy (NES)
This project will revise Bhutan's National Environment Strategy (NES). Originally produced in 1998 under the name “The Middle Path”, for approximately 16 years this document provided general guidance on the environment and sustainable development pathways.
However, with a new and evolving governance system, new environmental challenges such as climate change, and other emerging threats to environments sustainability, the UNDP supports the National Environment Commission in revising the NES to incorporate these new development challenges. The revised National Environment Strategy will be completed by 2015.