17-19th April: Conservation of natural heritages in Bhutan is a legacy passed down to the present generation by our forefathers and the farsighted leadership of our kings have given us a vision and direction for our conservation journey. Today, we have over 51% of the country under a network of protected areas that includes National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuary, Strict Nature Reserve and Biological Corridors and majority of the conservation efforts are donor driven. As the nation gears towards graduating from least developed country (LCD) status to Middle Income Country, it is likely that donor assistance for conservation will dwindle. Therefore, Bhutan for Life was envisioned. BFL is a 14-year financial bridge that allows for immediate improvement in the management of Bhutan’s protected areas for climate resilience, and the prompt delivery of mitigation, adaptation and biodiversity gains, while the country gradually ratchets up its own financing resources.
In order to kick-start the implementation of the much awaited conservation project for the protected areas of Bhutan, a three day multi-stakeholder workshop was organized in Paro with an objective to provide sensitization on BFL, its functions, roles and processes and mechanisms, to clarify roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders in BFL program implementation and, to agree on the working modalities, reporting mechanisms and implementation plan of BFL program.
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