BTF Advances Environmental Conservation and Renewable Energy

NGAWANG JAMPHEL

Thimphu

In the fiscal year spanning July 2022 to June 2023, the Bhutan Trust Fund (BTF) has demonstrated its commitment to environmental conservation and sustainable development through a series of impactful initiatives across the kingdom.

The BTF allocated substantial resources towards enhancing Bhutan’s renewable energy infrastructure, aiming to reduce carbon emissions and ensure long-term energy security. One of the flagship projects funded during this period is the installation of a 250kW Rooftop Solar PV system at Thimphu’s Centenary Farmer’s Market. This initiative, funded by Nu. 16.5 million, integrates solar energy into Bhutan’s grid, marking a significant step towards sustainability.

“Investing in renewable energy is pivotal for Bhutan’s future,” remarked a spokesperson from the Bhutan Trust Fund. “The Rooftop Solar PV project not only reduces our carbon footprint but also aligns with Bhutan’s commitment to sustainable development.”

Additionally, the BTF supported a Program-related Investment (PRI) initiative with Nu. 33.5 million for a 500 kW Ground-mounted Solar Project in Dechencholing, Thimphu. This project diversifies Bhutan’s energy mix, emphasizing the kingdom’s resilience against climate change impacts and reducing dependency on fossil fuels.

Beyond renewable energy projects, the BTF focused on advocacy and awareness campaigns to promote environmental stewardship. One notable initiative includes waste management advocacy at Rangtse Nye, Gakiling, Haa, with an investment of Nu. 40,000. This project aims to instill proper waste disposal practices, crucial for preserving Bhutan’s pristine natural environment.

“Our efforts in waste management are essential for maintaining Bhutan’s ecological balance,” commented a project coordinator involved in the advocacy campaign. “By promoting sustainable waste practices, we contribute to the overall health of our environment.”

Furthermore, the BTF collaborated with stakeholders to produce documentaries that highlight Bhutan’s rich biodiversity and conservation efforts. A significant production funded with Nu. 200,000 focused on the ‘Wildlife of Khaling Gewog,’ showcasing species such as the Blyth Tragopan and Bhutan in its butterflies. These documentaries not only educate but also inspire global audiences about Bhutan’s unique ecological heritage and the importance of conservation effort

In efforts to preserve cultural heritage and enhance community engagement, the BTF funded projects such as the refurbishment of Ludrong Memorial Garden in Gaeben Dzong, Thimphu. This project received Nu. 49,550 to improve visitor experiences through enhanced signage and preservation efforts.

“Our goal is to safeguard Bhutan’s cultural landmarks for future generations,” stated a project leader overseeing the refurbishment. “By revitalizing Ludrong Memorial Garden, we create spaces that celebrate our heritage and promote cultural understanding.”

The Trust Fund celebrated its achievements through various platforms, including the Happiness Journal, which featured content highlighting milestones in sustainable development and environmental conservation. Additionally, a full-page advertisement, costing Nu. 40,000, emphasized the BTF’s dedication to advancing environmental stewardship and garnered public support for ongoing conservation initiatives.

“Our initiatives in the Happiness Journal reflect our commitment to transparency and accountability,” noted a communications officer at the Bhutan Trust Fund. “Through these platforms, we showcase our achievements and encourage community involvement in environmental conservation.”

“As we move forward, the BTF remains dedicated to pioneering innovative solutions for environmental sustainability,” affirmed a spokesperson. “Our focus will continue to be on expanding renewable energy infrastructure, advocating for environmental awareness, and preserving Bhutan’s cultural heritage.”

With ongoing projects and collaborative efforts, the BTF continues to play a crucial role in safeguarding Bhutan’s natural environment and promoting sustainable development. By investing in renewable energy, advocating for environmental stewardship, and preserving cultural heritage, the BTF sets a benchmark for environmental conservation efforts in the region, ensuring a greener and more sustainable future for Bhutan.

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