Revision of the national environment strategy of the Kingdom of Bhutan (2013/14)

On 24 December 2013, a kick-off meeting took place of the new Taskforce (picture) which will be responsible for the revision of the 1998 National Environment Strategy (NES), ‘The Middle Path’, of Bhutan. This strategy has guided Bhutan’s development paradigm since 1998 with regard to environmental safeguards and development. More recently, Gross national Happiness principles along with the adoption of the Constitution of Bhutan in 2008, have broadened the scope. In 2009, the royal government also issued a declaration of carbon neutrality, and in 2010 an Economic Development Policy which promotes “green growth” was presented. PS4SD’s Ingeborg Niestroy and Louis Meuleman volunteered to assist the start-up of the revision process between 21 December 2013 and 4 January 2014.

See also: Book chapter – Niestroy, I., García Schmidt, A., Esche, A. (2013 a): Bhutan: Paradigms matter. In: Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.): Winning Strategies for a Sustainable Future – The Reinhard Mohn Prize 2013. Download this chapter