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Integration of Climate Adaptation into Development and Conservation Planning in Bhutan: Issues and Recommendations

Bhutan is one of 13 countries covered by the Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia. In June 2010, a climate adaptation scoping study was undertaken, with input from stakeholders in government, non-government organizations (NGOs), and academia. This report describes the results and integration into development and conservation.
Peter Rudberg

Bhutan is one of 13 countries covered by the Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia. In June 2010, a climate adaptation scoping study was undertaken, with input from stakeholders in government, non-government organizations (NGOs), and academia. The study’s key findings were:

  1. Awareness of climate change was quite strong. However, there was no overall framework for addressing adaptation at policy or planning levels.
  2. Both short- and long-term climate risks need to be better integrated into planning and policy making processes, in relation to 1) sector-specific responses to both climate variability and extreme events, such as floods; and 2) planning and implementation approaches that reflect, and can cope with, uncertainty.
  3. Bhutan’s adaptation capacity was also a concern. Several training activities had taken place, but a systematic appraisal of training needs and the development of a strategy for both human resources and institutional change were required.

Citation

Lhendup, P. 2012, Integration of Climate Adaptation into Development and Conservation Planning in Bhutan: Issues and Recommendations, Adaptation Knowledge Platform, Partner Report Series No. 1., Stockholm Environment Institute, Bangkok. Available online at wwwsei.org, www.asiapacificadapt.net.

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