Message From the Chairman
I am extremely humbled and privileged to be appointed as the new chairman of the Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation (BTFEC). The BTFEC is a globally pioneer institution established under the leadership of our far-sighted and visionary Monarch, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck, to protect Bhutan’s pristine natural environment and abundant biodiversity for its people and mankind at large.
It is a great pleasure for me to be associated with this organization that has greatly benefited the Bhutan’s ecology through the financing of environmental protection and biodiversity conservation. The BTFEC has effectively demonstrated globally the relevance and effectiveness of a sustainable financing mechanism that has a social welfare mission engrained in its support to environmental conservation.
Bhutanese have always enjoyed the pristine environment for which I would like to pay tribute to the progressive and enlightened leadership by the Wangchuck dynasty for ushering us into the internationally acclaimed development model of balanced environmental conservation and socio-economic growth. The BTFEC’s initiatives has elevated Bhutan to be part of the 35 global hot spots in the world in terms of biodiversity richness.
In 2004-2008 the Trust Fund under the Chairmanship and sacred guidance of His Majesty the Fifth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck stood the test of time as the fund was one of the few to make profit from its investments despite the global economic downturn.
It is an honour and privilege for me to be one of the actors to build and sustain the valuable legacy of our beloved Kings in the effort to conserve our natural resources and keep pace with economic development. I, sincerely urge all citizens of Bhutan to participate in our conservation effort and make it “a Legacy for Generation.”
Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji
Minister of Agriculture and Forest
Royal Government of Bhutan