Eight re­cip­i­ents of grant projects sign MoU with BTFEC and GNHC

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

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

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