To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the glorious reign of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests launched “Bhutan State of Parks 2016” on 9 December 2016. The launching ceremony was graced by Hon’ble Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay and Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji. For the first time, the report highlights the conservation value and management performance of the protected areas of Bhutan. The Department of Forests and Park Services will now measure all protected areas every five years, to track progress of conservation management and enable adaptive management prescriptions.
Bhutan has a rare set of attributes for conserving nature, ecosystem services, local culture, and an ecologically representative and well-connected protected areas system covering 50 per cent of the country. Such an achievement became possible only through the wisdom emanating from great leadership, in particular His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck, during whose reign the foundations were established for sound environmental governance unmatched in any other country. The report highlights that the future of Bhutan is equally secure in the reign of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, with dedication to our natural heritage and ecologicaly-benign development planning.
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