Welcome to the National CHM Web Portal of Bhutan
This Website is the Bhutan contribution to this global initiative. It contains national biodiversity-related information of Bhutan that is required to assist policy makers and stakeholders to meet the obligations defined by the Convention and to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity.
This portal is also the part of the global information exchange network established by the Convention on Biodiversity (Clearing House Mechanism - CHM). Its purpose is to provide comprehensive information on biodiversity through effective information services and to facilitate technical and scientific cooperation, knowledge sharing and information exchange. The CHM portal provides information on the implementation of the Convention in Bhutan and brings up-to-date information on events, conferences and other related issues.
What is Clearing House Mechanism?
It is a two-way information exchange platform which can contribute to national planning, implementation and reporting in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). It extend to include any agency that brings together seekers and providers of goods, services or information, thus matching demand with supply.
A Clearing-House Mechanism serves to:
- Promote and facilitate technical and scientific cooperation within and between countries;
- Develop a global mechanism for exchanging and integrating information on biodiversity; and
- Develop a human and technological network.
17 June,2020- World Desertification and Drought Day
The day aims in raising awareness of the presence of desertification and drought, highlighting methods of preventing desertification and recovering from drought.
For Desertification and Drought Day 2020, they are exploring how the production and consumption of Food Feed Fibre impact biodiversity.This year, the United Nation Convention to Combact Desertification is focussing on changing public attitudes to the leading driver of desertification and land degradation: humanity’s relentless production and consumption. 🌾Our everyday actions can keep land productive, protect biodiversity and tackle climate change. Sustainably managing land resources will play a major role in rebuilding our relationship with nature post-#COVID19.
Happy Desertification and Drought Day to all
16 June 2020- Happy World Sea Turtles Day
🐢 Happy World Sea Turtle Day! 🐢
With 8 million tonnes of plastic dumped in our oceans every year, these amazing creatures are under threat. In fact, six out of seven species of marine turtle are threatened with extinction.The purpose of World Turtle Day is to educate people about the things that they can do to protect the habitats of turtle and tortoises. It is also a celebration of the joy that these reptiles bring to so many people on a daily basis. The day is celebrated in a number of ways all over the world.
Bhutan Observed World Environment Day 2020 on 5th June with launched of NES 2020
National Environment Commission Secretriat Launched National Environment Strategy 2020- The Middle Path on World Environment Day 2020 on 5th June.
To further conserve biodiversity and protect the environment, the National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS) launched the new National Environment Strategy 2020, the middle path, coinciding with the Birthday of the Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and World Environment Day in Bhutan.
First documented in 1998, the National Environment Strategy is the mother strategy for environmental conservation and protection.The strategy will guide all the sectors in prioritizing their plans and programmes within the ambit of environmental concerns. The environmental strategy is the most important strategy which will guide environmental conservation giving equal importance to social, cultural and economic development.documented in 1998, the National Environment Strategy is the mother strategy for environmental conservation and protection.The strategy will guide all the sectors in prioritizing their plans and programmes within the ambit of environmental concerns. The environmental strategy is the most important strategy which will guide environmental conservation giving equal importance to social, cultural and economic development.
04/06/2020 , National Environment Commission Secretariat
Bhutan observed International Biodiversity Day
Fig. Top Photographs from the Contest
International Biodiversity Day 2020 was commemorated through its first ever online-only Photo Contest on Bhutan's Biodiversity in Collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP Bhutan).
Fig. Winners from different catogories during Award Ceremony
18/05/2020 , National Environment Commission Secretariat Conference
Bhutan Observed Earth Hour 2020
Earth Hour is an event observed annually to spread the awareness of environmental issues in our global and local communities. It is world’s biggest switch off event observed to encourage individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights, for an hour.
Photo @Dorji Phuntsho,NECS
Fig. Majestic Tashichhodzong goes dark form 8:30 to 9:30 pm on 22 April, 2020
As a part of global initiative, Bhutan joined over 182 countries to observe this year’s Earth Hour to unite people in addressing issues of environment and climate change by voluntarily switching off lights for an hour from 8:30 to 9:30pm on 22nd April 2020 to observe the day in symbolic display to show our commitment to the planet.
Earth Hour's 60 minutes are an opportunity to adopt a shifting of the consumption culture, and behaviour change towards sustainability. Though switching off lights can result in a slight dip in electricity usage, the action is supposed to be largely symbolic. The event is observed with individuals, communities, businesses, governments and Organizations in the country by voluntarily switching off the light for an hour.
22/04/2020 , Thimphu
Workshop on Bhutan Biosafety Clearing House underway in Paro
3-5 March, Paro: A training workshop on ‘National biosafety repository tools’ is underway in Paro. The training is aimed to obtain the information and access to global biosafety information repositories such as Biosafety Clearing House (BCH), FAO GM Foods platform and OECD Biotrack tool. It will help to find/locate relevant information in the context of Bhutan using the case studies through group sessions and global biosafety information repositories. It will further help to obtain step-by-step instructions on how to register national information on the national BCH tool and BCH central portal.
02/03/2020 , Paro
Sensitization meeting on Clearing-House Mechanism for the Convention on Biological Diversity
Biodiveresity and Land-use Division under National Environment Commission Secretariat conducted a daylong sensitization meeting on CHM with new Environment Officers and Biodiversity Officers in Punakha on 18th June, 2019.
The meeting is being conducted to;
1. Sensitize on CHM and CBD.
2. To update and report on the status of National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan implementation.
The Participants were introduced to CHM and CBD and were presented on National Biodiversity Strategic ActionPlan. To familarize more on Biodiversity in the country, they were also presented on Bhutan Biodiversity Statistic and few video related to biodiversity were shown. The meeting also includes Group Work where they Work and discussed on mainstreaming biodiveresity into Environment assessment Process and their discussion were presented to all the particpants. The meeting was attented by more than more than 17 participants and was chaired by Environmental Specialist.
18/06/2019 , College of Natural Resources Conference hall
Introductory Meeting on Clearing House Mechanism (CHM)
12/09/2013 , NEC Conference Hall, Thimphu
- The White-bellied Heron annual population survey 2020 recorded 27 of these critically endangered birds, in the country this year. [posted on: 03/07/2020]
- Can Bhutan Maintain 60% Of Its Land Under Forest Cover? [posted on: 11/03/2020]