The Royal Government of Bhutan is one of the founding members of ICIMOD, along with seven other member states. Bhutan has been a partner of ICIMOD since its inception and has been helping to meet its major objectives of poverty alleviation and environmental conservation in the Hindu Kush Himalayas. Bhutan contributes core support to ICIMOD, with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) as the designated nodal agency. The incumbent Secretary of the MoAF formally represents Bhutan on the ICIMOD Board of Governors. Bhutan and ICIMOD has been working in the area of capacity building, institutional strengthening, internships, research and demonstration, and regional and international workshops and conferences, among other activities. ICIMOD`s partner institutions in Bhutan include government agencies, development agencies, academic and research institutions, universities, NGOs and private sector. The formal letter of agreements for ICIMOD programs is routed and approved through the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) in close coordination with MoAF.
Enhance resilience of women and men of the HKH to socioeconomic and environmental changes, including climate change.
Conservation and sustainable use of natural resources (biodiversity, rangelands, farming systems, forests, wetlands and watersheds) in landscapes defined by ecosystems rather than administrative boundaries
Economic and social benefits derived from water resources in an equitable manner while conserving and, where necessary, restoring freshwater ecosystems; Regional cryosphere knowledge hub to collate and share knowledge of partners working in the region, and to build capacity to study the cryosphere.
Use science-based knowledge on air quality, atmospheric processes and climate to shape policies and actions leading to air pollution mitigation for improved environment and human health.
Enable use of information and knowledge for policies and practices through support from a regional information system in the HKH region.