Bhutan – Forestry Engagement

Building more disaster resilient buildings in Bhutan, USAID

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has been working with Bhutan to help them achieve their goal of maintaining sixty percent of their total land under forest cover “for all time” since 2009.

The U.S. Forest Service partners with Bhutan to help them achieve this goal through capacity building and technical assistance related to

—  forest and carbon inventory , and
—  exposure to different approaches to address climate change through sustainable forest management.

Discussing Bhutan terrain

Since 2012, the U.S. Forest Service has been working with the Department of Disaster Management within Bhutan’s Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs to incorporate the Incident Command System into the Bhutanese national disaster management response system

.  U.S. Forest Service, with funding from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, has worked with the Department to train members of the National Search and Rescue Team as well as government staff from Thimphu and Paro Districts.