During the recent COP28 in Dubai, Bhutan made a significant milestone by launching its first official Pavilion at COP events. At the Bhutan Pavilion, BTFEC led a panel discussion titled, “Bhutan Trust Fund for Environment Conservation: Sustaining Conservation financing through Trust Funds” with our valued guest speakers from our partner agencies from Bhutan and esteemed panel moderator from GCF (Green Climate Fund).

Our valued speakers:

  • Dr. Karma Tshering, Managing Director of Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation


  • Dr. Pema Wangda, the Executive Director of the Bhutan for Life Fund Secretariat


  • Mr. Sonam Wangdi, the Chief of Nature Conservation Division under the Department of Forests and Park Services


  • Bhutan’s Climate Advocate Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk


  • Our esteemed moderator Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren, the Director of External Affairs of the Green Climate Fund, the largest global fund dedicated to helping fight climate change in developing countries.

The panel highlighted the role of the Trust Funds and how it is becoming critical for the Trust Fund in translating our vision and policies into practices to achieve our common goals of conservation. Bhutan has made a significant commitment to environmental conservation both at the national and international level. However, times are becoming more challenging as Bhutan is increasingly facing the consequences of climate crisis and biodiversity loss. Therefore, taking forward this legacy of innovative financing, the role of the Trust Fund is becoming ever more urgent.

During the COP events, the BTFEC also launched a special video with an important message from our Managing Director, Dr. Karma Tshering:

“Bhutan is increasingly facing the consequences of the climate crisis and biodiversity loss, therefore, taking forward this legacy of innovative financing the role of the Trust Fund is becoming ever more urgent. So, we are embracing strategic partnerships to mobilize collective climate action for our country and our planet.”


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