Environment and Energy

Bhutan has placed environmental conservation at the center of its development strategy and it forms one of the four pillars of Gross National Happiness. In addition, the Constitution of Bhutan mandates that at least 60% of the country remain forested for all time (currently 72.5%). Bhutan is one of the few countries in the world with net greenhouse gas sequestration capacity largely due to its vast forest cover and widespread use of hydropower and biomass energy.

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UNDP helps Bhutan mitigate and reduce the impact of threats from climate change, and to provide the rural poor with clean renewable energy and environment friendly livelihoods. A key part of UNDP’s support across these areas is promoting pro-poor environmental management, risk reduction, and climate change adaptation at the national and local levels.more

Downstream communities that live along the GLOF project site.

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©UNDP Bhutan 2012 Local leaders participate at identifying appropriate adaptation and mitigation measures.

Local level trainings influence 11th Five Year Plans

Local level trainings influence 11th Five Year Plansmore 

THOTHORMI LAKE, ONE OF BHUTAN'S MAIN GLOF THREAT. PHOTO © UNDP BHUTAN

Reducing climate change risks and vulnerabilities from GLOFs in Bhutan

Reducing climate change risks and vulnerabilities from GLOFs in Bhutanmore 

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