Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tobay on visit to USA

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Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay left for United States of Amer­ica yes­ter­day on 9-day visit to raise aware­ness for the ‘Bhutan for Life’ ini­tia­tive. The del­e­ga­tion in­cludes se­nior of­fi­cials from the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Forests.

‘Bhutan for Life’ is an ini­tia­tive of the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Forests and is a Project Fi­nance for Per­ma­nence (PFP) mech­a­nism to pro­vide sus­tained flow of funds for the con­ser­va­tion and sus­tain­able man­age­ment of Bhutan’s pro­tected ar­eas and bi­o­log­i­cal cor­ri­dors, in­clud­ing the en­hance­ment of sus­tain­able eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties and liveli­hood se­cu­rity for com­mu­ni­ties re­sid­ing in parks. It aims to mo­bi­lize, in one sin­gle agree­ment, all gov­ern­men­tal, fi­nan­cial and other com­mit­ments re­quired de­vel­op­ing and main­tain­ing Bhutan’s pro­tected area sys­tem over the long term. Given the im­mense po­ten­tial of the pro­tected ar­eas to con­trib­ute to sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of Bhutan, it is an op­por­tune mo­ment for the Royal Gov­ern­ment to pur­sue this ini­tia­tive and fur­ther con­sol­i­date the con­ser­va­tion legacy and achieve­ments of Bhutan glob­ally.

The Prime Min­is­ter will be meet­ing po­ten­tial part­ners and in­sti­tu­tions for the Bhutan for Life ini­tia­tive through events be­ing hosted in New York City, San Fran­cisco and Washington D.C. Dur­ing the visit, the Hon’ble Prime Min­is­ter will be meet­ing with the President of the World Bank - Dr.Jim Yong Kim and of­fi­cials of Bhutan’s long stand­ing con­ser­va­tion part­ner – WWF.

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