Living Landscapes - Securing ecological connectivity of high conservation value areas in Bhutan
As of: July 2020
Objective and activities
The project aims to secure High Conservation Values (HCV) such as biodiversity and ecosystem services in areas without legal protection status in southwestern Bhutan through integrated planning and holistic management at the national, regional and local level. These conservation values are to become an integral part of comprehensive land use planning and should also be taken into account in regional management plans administered by the District Forestry Offices. In addition to capacity building, the program addresses two key challenges for the livelihoods of local communities: Securing water resources/ water supply and mitigating human-wildlife conflicts. In cooperation with the private sector it initiates business cases for improved market access and commercialization of agricultural and forest products.