Mountain EbA – Bhutan

Mountain EbA – Bhutan Project

From January, 2018 to June, 2020, the Scaling Up Mountain Ecosystem-based Adaptation Program is expanding to Bhutan to support a specific focus on strengthening existing policies and plans at the national level, so that EbA approaches are better integrated.

This policy level component will build on a demonstrative field component that supports ongoing EbA efforts in the Namey Nichu watershed where Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) is in place. The Mountain EbA project in Bhutan is working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and other relevant authorities in the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB), as well as with national NGOs and academics.

Project staff will offer and facilitate national dialogues on natural resources policies. The goal is to review policies and plans, and to identify gaps and possible entry points for strengthening EbA approaches within water-related policies. This will be done through a series of national level policy dialogues and an in-depth review of the existing policy and governance framework. The next step is to develop a national guidance document for integrating EbA into water-related policies in Bhutan, including a set of specific recommendations (e.g. on mainstreaming EbA in the revised NDCs).

At the same time, this project will assist local authorities and groups in Namey Nichu watershed to strengthen plans for specific EbA activities that address some of their key vulnerabilities. A series of site-level trainings and support will be organized, which in turn will lead to identifying specific EbA activities that complement ongoing measures. The Mt EbA Bhutan project plans to support a range of activities to restore and protect local water sources and forests. Another goal is to help build the capacity of government and non-government groups to better understand Ecosystem-based Adaption. This will serve as a more solid foundation for planning and for implementing activities that improve livelihoods and the environment at the same time. The Mountain EbA Project in Bhutan will offer evidence and feedback so that government policies related to environmental protection and livelihoods support can be strengthened and implemented at all levels.

This project will also focus on supporting the Royal Government of Bhutan in identifying and securing opportunities for long-term funding for EbA in the country.


–Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Gov’t of Bhutan

–National Non-Governmental Organizations

–Academic Institutions

Link to the Scaling Up Mountain EbA projects in NEPAL, PERU, UGANDA and KENYA.

For more about the Scaling Up Mountain EbA projects in Bhutan: contact Raphaël Glémet, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – Asia Regional Office
The official name of our program is “Scaling Up Mountain Ecosystem-Based Adaptation: building evidence, replicating success, and informing policy”. This program is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag. Our Mountain EbA Program is led by The Mountain Institute (TMI) and implemented jointly with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and country partners over the period 2017-2020. 
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