A ROADMAP AND STRATEGY FOR STRENGTHENING CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH IN BHUTAN 2021 – 2025

A ROADMAP AND STRATEGY FOR STRENGTHENING CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH IN BHUTAN 2021 – 2025 November 2020 Skills Assessment for National Adaptation P

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A ROADMAP AND STRATEGY FOR STRENGTHENING CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH IN BHUTAN 2021 – 2025

August 17, 2022

Climate change is unravelling rapidly in the Himalayas and impacting countries like Bhutan,
whose socio-economic wellbeing is critically tied to climate sensitive sectors such as hydropower
and agriculture. Melting glaciers, decreasing snow cover and changing monsoon patterns will further
compromise Bhutan’s socio-economic development.


Bhutan’s population has almost doubled in the last forty years and is projected to reach 883,000
by 2047. There has been concurrent rise in per capita GDP, as well as associated CO2 emissions.
Forests, covering about 71% of Bhutan’s land area remove -8181.597 Gg CO2e per year. Total
GHG emissions in 2015 were estimated to be 3,750.563 Gg of CO2e, while total sink capacity of
forests was estimated to be 9,386.597 Gg of CO2e.


The capacity of national and local institutions to address climate related challenges is impeded by
lack of information and credible research. Bhutan’s ability to remain carbon neutral and meaningfully
address the challenges posed by a rapidly changing climate needs to be guided by sound science
and reliable data.

Document Type
Regions and Countries
Sustainable Development Goals