National level workshop on Land Degradation Neutrality held

A50X8427July 26, Thimphu: To provide an overview on Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) concept , approaches and its working modalities, a national level workshop was held at Taj Tashi.

Organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification/Land Degradation (GM/UNCCD), the workshop also shared the outcome of the LDN experience in Bhutan, discussed how to leverage LDN from climate change impacts to green growth and poverty eradication. It further explored the financing opportunities and developed a way forward for LDN in Bhutan.

Bhutan is one of the 195 member countries to UNCDD since August 2003 with Ministry as the focal organisation for the Convention. Since 2014, Bhutan is also one of the LDN countries committing to work towards achieving LDN by 2030 along with 11 other countries.

Bhutan is an exemplary country worldwide in its efforts towards biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation. However, efforts made towards combating land degradation to achieve LDN by 3020, would be an added benefit to the country to conserve its rich biodiversity and maintain its carbon neutral status.

The workshop was graced by the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji and the Agriculture Secretary. Other participants included representatives from the National Environment Commission, National Assembly of Bhutan, GNHC, BTFEC, UNDP, WWF, FAO and World Bank, Bhutan along with officials from the Ministry. Dr. Markus Repnik, the Managing Director for GM/UNCCD was also present who shared the tapping opportunities on LDN and designing and implementing LDN transformative project among others.

According to a spokesperson, the workshop is necessary and timely involving stakeholders from government, development partners, civil societies and private sectors as the 12th FYP is about to begin within which land development is a priority for the Ministry.





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