Regional Policy Makers Share Knowledge on Rangeland Policy during ICIMOD-Sponsored Visit to Bhutan

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As a part of ICIMOD’s ongoing efforts to support the development of rangeland policies in regional member countries, policy makers from the region attended a study visit in Bhutan to share knowledge on mainstreaming rangeland issues in national development and planning.  The visit, held from 27 August to 1 September, provided policy makers from regional member countries an opportunity to learn about the implementation of rangeland policies in Bhutan as well as share their own experiences.

Prior to interventions by ICIMOD, no country in the region had a separate policy for rangeland management except for China. Through its Regional Rangeland Programme, ICIMOD has been working closely with national partners to support regional member countries in reviewing, revising, and formulating policies on rangeland resource management. ICIMOD is now working on the implementation plan of the recently-passed National Rangeland Policy of Nepal. After a constitutional amendment devolving policy making to provincial governments in Pakistan, ICIMOD has been in the process of scaling down the draft National Rangeland Policy of Pakistan to provincial rangeland policies for Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Bhutan is currently revising the rangeland portion of its Land Act 2007, and  China and India have reviewed their rangeland policies, progress on policy implementation, and recommended amendments.