The Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation was commended for its service to the environment, at the launch of Bhutan For Life.
Coinciding with the birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo on 11 November, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen launched the “Bhutan For Life” initiative.
At the Launch, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, who is the Royal Patron of the Environment, presented a special recognition to the project and its partners.
As Bhutan’s first and leading conservation grant-making organisation, BTFEC in the past two and half decades has made a tremendous impact on Bhutan’s scientific and management capability for conservation. As of November 2017, BTFEC has funded 207 projects, including the Management Board Grants, Small Grants and HANAs sub-projects, to a tune of Nu 1,143,298,101.
A primary focus of BTFEC during the past twenty-five years has been establishing the country’s renowned network of national parks, protected areas and new biodiversity conservation corridors, which is considered as Bhutan’s gift to the world.
This abundance of pristine protected areas is a haven for wildlife. Some 5,000 plant species are found in Bhutan’s natural areas, as well as more than 200 species of mammals—all with the space they need to roam free.
The ecosystem services provided by these protected areas are crucial for the water, food and energy security of Bhutan and its neighbouring countries in Bangladesh, China, and India,– which comprise, together, 20 percent of the world population.
Bhutan, with most of its area under forests, offers one of the best hopes for maintaining a viable tiger population into the future. Tigers have been recorded to be residing in the low tropical forests in the south and at high altitudes in Bhutan.
“Bhutan for Life is the rescue mission, a funding solution that will fortify Bhutan’s conservation efforts and allow the country to sustain its commitment to environmental protection for eternity,” Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan has said.
Bhutan For Life initiative is a strategic and long-term project aimed at ensuring Bhutan remains economically and environmentally sustainable.
The fund will be combined with annual contributions from the government and invested over a period of 14 years. It will not only cover the financial gap in the country’s conservation efforts but also slowly intends to help the government become self-sufficient in these efforts.