Bhutan and Euro­pean Union signed dec­la­ra­tion on cli­mate change

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Ly­onpo Yeshey Dorji, Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Forests and Mr. Miguel Arias Canete, EU Com­mis­sioner for Cli­mate Ac­tion and En­ergy signed the Dec­la­ra­tion Euro­pean Union – King­dom of Bhutan Co­op­er­a­tion on Cli­mate Change” last Thurs­day in L”e Bourget, Paris on the side­lines of the UNFCCC COP21.

The Dec­la­ra­tion takes cog­nizance of the need for a ro­bust frame­work for trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity to en­able ef­fec­tive pro­cesses for stock­tak­ing as to whether Par­ties are col­lec­tively on track to achieve the long- term goal, and strength­en­ing Par­ties’ emis­sions re­duc­tion tar­gets.

The Dec­la­ra­tion rec­og­nizes Bhutan’s unique sit­u­a­tion as a land-locked and least de­vel­oped coun­try with a frag­ile moun­tain­ous en­vi­ron­ment and the scale of fund­ing re­quire­ment to ad­dress sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment needs in­clud­ing cli­mate change mit­i­ga­tion and adap­ta­tion ac­tion sig­nif­i­cantly higher than presently avail­able. It calls on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to sup­port Bhutan’s ef­forts, as de­scribed in its INDC.

Un­der the Dec­la­ra­tion, Bhutan is rec­og­nized for its lead­er­ship role and the ex­tra­or­di­nary am­bi­tion in ad­dress­ing cli­mate change ef­forts and con­sid­ers Bhutan’s cli­mate change poli­cies as ex­em­plary.

The Dec­la­ra­tion re­flects the in­tent of Bhutan and the EU to in­ten­sify their co­op­er­a­tion on cli­mate change, fo­cus­ing on en­hanced sup­port for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Bhutan’s INDC. Im­por­tantly, the Dec­la­ra­tion call on other Par­ties in a po­si­tion to do so to join this ef­fort, tak­ing into ac­counts Bhutan’s ex­tra­or­di­nary am­bi­tion.

The Euro­pean Union is one of Bhutan’s close de­vel­op­ment part­ner and has com­mit­ted € 42 mil­lion for the pe­riod 2014-2020, fo­cus­ing on Civil So­ci­ety/Lo­cal Au­thor­i­ties and Sus­tain­able Agri­cul­ture/Forestry. More specif­i­cally, the EU sup­ports Bhutan in en­hanc­ing the re­silience of ru­ral house­holds to the ef­fects of cli­mate change, as well as the sus­tain­abil­ity of re­new­able nat­u­ral re­sources through the Global Cli­mate Change Al­liance

Ly­onpo Yeshey Dorji also dis­cussed the state of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions in­clud­ing EU’s de­vel­op­ment as­sis­tance and thanked them for their con­tin­ued sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion.

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