German Environment Minister Hendricks in Bhutan
The Kingdom of Bhutan invited German Environment Minister, Barbara Hendricks, for a visit from 5th to 8th April. The objective of the trip was to exchange views on forest development, nature conservation and climate action.
Minister Hendricks met Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay and Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji. German support for sustainable forest management and species conservation in Bhutan was at the top of the agenda. In addition, Bhutan’s king, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, granted an audience to Minister Hendricks.
The German Environment Ministry supports a project on sustainable forest development in Nepal and Bhutan with funds from its International Climate Initiative. Minister Hendricks visited a forest management area in Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Park to learn about the objectives and results of the project. One of the goals is the development of an approach for mountain villages that extends climate-friendly village-level agriculture to encompass socio-economic aspects and issues of climate resilience. The project supports communities in estimating their contribution to climate action through forest management to allow a more deliberate steering of their efforts.
More information about the International Climate Initiative (ICI): www.international-climate-initiative.com
Enlarge imageMinister Hendricks with the women of the 'Resilient Mountain Village' (© BMUB)
Enlarge imageThe Minister gets an insight into the workings of 'Resilient Mountain Village' (© BMUB)
Enlarge imageMinister Hendricks arrives in Bhutan (© BMUB)
Enlarge imageGroup photo: Minister Hendricks with Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan (© BMUB)
Enlarge imageMinister Hendricks visited a forest management area in Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Park (© BMUB)
Enlarge imageGerman Environment Minister, Barbara Hendricks, with Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan (© BMUB)