EU To Support Bhutan Under Global Climate Change Alliance

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The Agriculture and Forests Minister, Hon’ble Lyonpo (Dr.) Pema Gyamtsho and His Excellency Mr. João Gomes Cravinho after signing the Financing Agreement.

Govt. of Bhutan: Thimphu, November 30: A Financing Agreement (FA) to formalise the European Union’s (EU) support to Bhutan under the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) was signed between the EU and the government.

The Officiating Secretary of the Gross National Happiness Commission signed the FA in the presence of the EU Ambassador to Bhutan, His Excellency Mr. João Gomes Cravinho and the Agriculture and Forests Minister, Lyonpo (Dr.) Pema Gyamtsho.

Under the GCCA program, the EU will provide approximately Nu 300M (Euro 4.30M) as a sector budget support to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests. The program will enhance resilience of Bhutan’s rural households to the effects of climate change. It will also ensure climate change readiness of the Renewable Natural Resources (RNR) sector by mainstreaming climate change and ensuring that the steps are taken towards increasingly addressing climate change adaptation at the multi-sectoral level.

According to a spokesperson, the operational implementation phase will start after the FA signing and will have duration of 48 months.

The GCCA is an initiative of the EU to strengthen dialogue and cooperation on climate change with developing countries most vulnerable to climate change and have the least resources to adapt such as the least developed countries and small island developing states. The GCCA was launched in 2007 by the European Commission. The EU has been a strong development partner for Bhutan since the 1980s.

Besides discussing on organic products and its certification during the signing, Lyonpo also informed the Ambassador about the RNR sector’s 11th five year plan which aims at achieving self- reliance not only in agriculture but in other crops as well.

– Reported by Tshering Doma, ICS with Photos by Athinut Traiamornvimarn (Max), ICS

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