Eight recipients of grant projects sign MoU with BTFEC and GNHC
To see the projects are implemented properly and in accordance to the agreement, eight recipients agree to adhere, Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation ( BTFEC) and Gross National Happiness Commission ( GNHC) signed Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) with them last Friday.
The signing of MoU was for the grant assistance projects under BTFEC’s management board approved grant scheme.
Director for BTFEC, Dr Pema Choephyel said that if we don’t have any legal documents, we do not know how some agencies may not even implement the projects. The objective of the agreement is just to keep track on project implementation process.
The total amount for the eight projects is Nu. 90.630M. For the grant cycle June 2018, BTFEC received 69 grant proposals from across the country.
GNHC Director Rinchen Wangdi said that “We have received 69 grant proposals from across the country, and selected only eight projects which are very critical and priority of 12th Five Year Plan ( FYP) and for that we have very stringent screening process.” He said that the budget will be out sources from the 12th FYP’s budget.
The initial projects will takes place from July this year for the next three years.
While the proposed project should be completed and the implementation of the projects started from the date of signing of the MoU.
The beneficial agency should submit report to BTFCE every after six months and the budget will be disbursed based on their requirement. The ceiling budget for the project is Nu. 15M.
Pema Choephyel said that “Any citizens of Bhutan can apply for the project, however, if it is for the profit oriented than it is not allowed to apply.” We have problem with the private since it is profit oriented however if it is in the incubation period where they don’t make profit, we can support. And if its environment oriented we support. “
“Individual should not make profit out of our funding. “It should be non- profit,” added Pema Choephyel.
The recipient of grant projects includes the Royal society for Protection of Nature ( RSPN) for up- scaling White- bellied Heron Recovery Program worth of Nu. 9, 607,851, the Royal Academy for strengthening and promoting glue laminated timber technology in Bhutan worth of Nu. 14, 572,000 and critical watershed management of Richulum watershed at Dhop Shari Geog Administration, Paro Dzongkhag worth of Nu. 2, 110,000.
The project also awarded to ministry of agriculture and forest for strengthening forest fire management in Bhutan through participatory approach worth of Nu. 12, 300,000, to ministry of information and communication for installation of electric vehicle charging stations to promote sustainable transport systems worth of Nu. 15, 000,000, another to Royal Project Coordination Office for Clean, Green and Beautiful Urban Spaces for Sustainable Development worth of Nu. 10, 040,000, to social forestry and ex- tension division under ministry of agriculture and forests for sustainable management of non- wood forests products and its commercialization in Bhutan approved grant worth to Nu. 12,055,000 and to Tashichho Dzong Garden’ s Project under His Majesty’s secretariat for national floral diversity conservation and preservation of critical floral genetic resources through development of the Tashicho Dzong Gardens worth of Nu. 14,954,800.
Meanwhile, the screening of the proposal was done by the independent committee called the Technical Advisory Panel ( TAP) which consists of seven people including two people from BTFEC.
However, monitoring for the project will be done jointly by BTFCE and GNHC twice a year.
Director of GNHC and Director of BTFEC along with the grant recipients after signing the MoU