Press Release

Bhutan recognized the importance of placing environmental sustainability at the core of development paradigm. This vision is encapsulated in the form of “Carbon neutral” pledge, the most ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions commitment under the Paris Agreement framework.   Maintaining carbon neutrality requires progressive and bold investments in ensuring effective planning and monitoring capacity for sustainable forest management in Forest Management Units (FMUs) and Local Forest Management Plans (LFMPs).

The forest management units form important watershed areas that provides multiple forest functions, primarily supplying timber to meet national demands. The rugged terrain and limited human resources make it difficult to implement and monitor vast FMUs and LFMPs. Amongst many challenges, mobility has been a key constraint for the forestry field staff.

To enhance mobility of Forest Resources Management Division (FRMD), Territorial Forest Divisions and their field offices, the NAPA 3 project provided sixteen motor bikes to field staff. The Royal Enfield Himalayan is designed for Himalayan terrain with increased durability, reliability, power and affordability for off-roading. This will enhance planning and monitoring of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) activities in FMUs and LFMPs.

Till date, the Project has helped manage circa 159,000 hectares of forest area brought under sustainable forest management including forest management units and local forests yielding an annual allowable cut of 158,353 cubic meters of timber. The provision of a powerful, yet comfortable mobility to field staff will address chronic shortages of manpower in the field and help strengthen planning, management and monitoring of Forest Management Units (FMUs), and Local Forest Management Plans (LFMPs) at gewog/block level.

 

The USD 13.9 million NAPA 3 project comprise of USD 1.1 million from GEF Trust Fund for Sustainable Forest Management incentive fund, USD 2.3 million from GEF Trust Fund for Biodiversity and Land Degradation Focal Area and USD 10.5 million from GEF Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). The project formulation begun in 2016 led by the Royal Government of Bhutan with support from UNDP.

National adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs) provide a process for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to identify priority activities that respond to their urgent and immediate needs to adapt to climate change – those for which further delay would increase vulnerability and/or costs at a later stage.

 

For details, please contact:

The Project Management Unit

Gross National Happiness Commission

www.napa3.bt