UNDP’s support is helping mitigate and reduce the impact of threats that Bhutan faces from climate change, as well as to provide the rural poor with clean renewable energy and environment friendly livelihoods. A key part of UNDP’s support across these areas is promoting pro-poor environmental management, risk reduction, and climate change adaptation at the national and local levels.
Pressures are mounting in the form of rural-urban migration, infrastructure development, population growth and globalization. Bhutan is also vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change, despite its insignificant contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions, and highly vulnerable to the increasing frequency of natural hazards and seismic activity. In 2009, Bhutan experienced widespread floods caused by Cyclone Aila in May, and an earthquake shook eastern Bhutan in September.
To support the national priority of environmental sustainability, UNDP in partnership with the Royal Government of Bhutan, donors, UN agencies and civil society provides collective and integrated response to national needs and priorities.