Welcome to Bhutan for Life

A Conservation Fairytale — That Actually Exists

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Over the last 45 years, a small, little-known country in the distant Himalayas quietly and unassumingly became a conservation treasure. It’s an incredible story that few people are aware of.

The Bedari Foundation has partnered with the Royal Government of Bhutan and the World Wildlife Fund to help build on a 40-year relationship with the Kingdom of Bhutan in the creation of Bhutan for Life, a transition fund comprising public and private resources that will allow Bhutan to continue to protect its remarkable system of parks forever.

BHUTAN FACTS

One of the world’s ten most biologically diverse regions.

51% of the country is permanently protected area.

In a region that provides fresh water for one-fifth of the world’s population.

Pristine 5 million acre network of national parks, rivers, wildlife sanctuaries and biological corridors.

Home to over 5,000 plant, 200 mammal and 700 bird species.

Forest conservation means that at least 6.3 million tons of carbon remain sequestered contributing to climate change mitigation.

CONSERVATION ISN’T JUST AN ASPIRATION — IT’S A CONSTITUTIONAL MANDATE

In Bhutan, environmental protection has always been considered vitally important to the nation’s Buddhist values. So much so that beginning in the 1970s Bhutan’s monarchs began championing visionary conservation policies. And when Bhutan recently transitioned into a democracy, the monarchs’ profound conservation legacy was continued by the new government, which literally wrote conservation into the country’s first constitution.

THIS COUNTRY ISN’T JUST CARBON NEUTRAL — IT’S CARBON NEGATIVE

As new human, economic and environmental threats rapidly rise, combined with the downswing in foreign aid, Bhutan must now adjust its approach in order to make their conservation philosophy a self-sustaining reality for many decades to come.

Our efforts with Bhutan for Life will help ensure that progress is happening in a timely manner through a financial and developmental plan that is destined to become a working model of success for governments to better understand that abandoning large scale conservation doesn’t have to be an option.

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the Universe, to match your nature with Nature." Joseph Campbell

TOGETHER, WE ARE CREATING A ROLE MODEL FOR REGIONAL AND GLOBAL IMPACT THAT ADDRESSES FOREIGN ECONOMIC PRESSURES, CLIMATE CHANGE REALITIES, WILDLIFE AND FOREST PRESERVATION, AND THE CREATION OF POSITIVE IMPACT JOBS.

And we are ensuring that the people in this Buddhist kingdom can hold on to a fundamental birthright of Buddhism: living out life in a healthy environment.

MEASURABLE INTENT

SANCTUARIES FOR DIVERSITY AND PERSISTENCE OF LIFE

By 2018:

Zero Poaching Framework and SMART effective patrolling instituted in all protected areas to prevent, combat and monitor poaching, wildlife trade and other illegal activities.

By 2022:

Populations of two flagship species representing major ecosystems— including the tiger, which are increased by at least 20% over 2015 levels.

Information on the conservation status on ten other high-profile, lesser known, endangered and endemic flora and fauna species established and conservation plans developed.

Key high biodiversity and climate resilience value habitats and their connectivity are under approved management.

MEASURABLE INTENT

CENTERS FOR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND COMMUNITY WELL-BEING

By 2020:

80% of all households within protected areas benefit from reduced human wildlife conflict as a result of adoption of appropriate technologies and systems.

By 2023:

All communities living within protected areas use traditional knowledge, best available science and technologies to increase their climate and disaster resilience.

By 2024:

All communities in protected areas value, support and engage in conservation initiatives including waste management.

By 2025:

80% of households within protected areas have access to nature-based employment and income gathering opportunities.

MEASURABLE INTENT

RESERVOIRS FOR CARBON AND REGULATORS OF CLIMATE

From 2018 Onwards:

Forest quality and extent maintained at 1.1 million hectares within Protected Area System, thereby sequestering 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalants.

By 2020

Degraded lands under the Protected Area System brought under climate-smart reforestation mechanisms to enhance the carbon stock both above and below ground.

MEASURABLE INTENT

CENTERS FOR EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT SERVICES

By 2018:

Protected Area System is clearly demarked, has climate-smart management plans and a system to track management effectiveness.

By 2020:

Protected areas are equipped with adequate and competent staff and by 2026 all areas are equipped with essential equipment and infrastructure.

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