Country Area : 38,394 km2

Forested Area (1000 ha) : 2,754

UN-REDD Programme Partner Country : Yes

Type of UN-REDD Programme Support Received : Targeted support

FCPF Member : Yes

Active FCPF Grant Holder: No

Readiness Grant Holder: No

Carbon Fund: No

Progress against the Warsaw Framework for REDD+

Following country requests in 2012 - 2015, targeted support has assisted Bhutan in REDD+ readiness development, on MRV&M including the NFMS action plan and related capacity building; stakeholder engagement, National REDD+ Strategy development including benefit distribution systems and anti-corruption measures, on safeguards and multiple benefits and PLR analysis. The FCPF supported work stream, which started after mid-2015, is likely to build on the momentum gained through the country progress described below.

National REDD+ Strategy/Action Plan
Initial targeted support led to the country’s finalization of its National REDD+ Readiness Roadmap with completed NFMS and RELs, including capacity gap assessment. A REDD+ Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA) has been finalized and benefit distribution options assessed including potential to design a REDD+ compliant benefit distribution system with co-financing from the Poverty-Environment Initiative. Stakeholder Engagement and Consultation Guidelines for REDD+ in Bhutan have been completed. For the upcoming FCPF-funded national REDD+ strategy development process, the Government of Bhutan plans to replicate the consultation and participation process used to develop the guidelines and CRA report.

National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS)
Capacity has been built through training on national forest inventories, use of the database software Open Foris Collect tool, monitoring and MRV for REDD+ and NFMS to a broad range of national stakeholders. A NFMS action plan has been validated and, as mentioned, NFMS and FREL/FRL sections for the National REDD+ Readiness Roadmap have been finalized.

Forest Reference Emission Level / Forest Reference Level (FREL/FRL)
Capacity on FREL/FRL construction has been enhanced through a capacity building workshop where a FREL/FRL action plan was drafted.

Safeguards and Safeguards Information System (SIS)
The country initiated its REDD+ safeguards work which is expected to inform the governance aspects of the country’s SIS. Recommendations are available on how the National REDD+

Strategy can address environmental risks and benefits associated with REDD+ (see report here). Capacity on safeguards has improved, benefits and risks of candidate policies and measures have been identified and existing PLRs analyzed. Overall, the established Technical Working Group on Safeguards has a solid understanding on the work that needs to be undertaken to establish a SIS and is guided in its work by a safeguards roadmap. In addition, a National REDD+ Academy Event was held in 2015. (Information here).

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Key Contacts

Regional Programme Officer, Food and Agriculture Organizaton of the United Nations (FAO)
Regional Technical Specialist in Stakeholder Engagement Focus area: Stakeholder Engagement, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (PNUD)
Regional Technical Specialist, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (PNUD)

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Total Approved Targeted Support Amount (US$) 448,250
#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 27.02.2012
Date of Approval 10.07.2012
Implementation Period (Months) 17
Status Completed
Amount Requested US$ 105,000
Amount Approved US$ 103,250
UN Agency Providing Support
MRV and Monitoring
Safeguards and Multiple Benefits


Lead National Institution: Department of Forestry and Park Services.


  1. National REDD+ strategy formalized with incorporation of actions:

    1.  Effective MRV system established.

    2.  Risks of corruption mitigated.

    3.  A fair, transparent and efficient REDD+ compliant Benefit Distribution System (BDS) ensured.

    4.  Multiple benefits captured.

#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 24.01.2014
Date of Approval 28.02.2014
Implementation Period (Months) 11
Status Under Implementation
Amount Requested US$ 245,000
Amount Approved US$ 245,000
UN Agency Providing Support
MRV and Monitoring
Stakeholder Engagement
Safeguards and Multiple Benefits


Lead National Institution: Department of Forests and Park Services


  1.  Benefit Distribution System and Anti-corruption measures documents finalized.
  2.  Stakeholder participation plan prepared.
  3.  A nationally appropriate approach to ensure social and environmental safeguards developed.
  4.  Capacity built of REDD+ focal office and other stakeholders.
  5.  National Forest Monitoring System-Action Plan developed as per the template provided by the UN REDD programme.

#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 09.03.2015
Date of Approval 21.04.2015
Implementation Period (Months) 9
Status Under Implementation
Amount Requested US$ 100,000
Amount Approved US$ 100,000
UN Agency Providing Support
MRV and Monitoring


Lead National Institution: Department of Forests and Park Services.


  1. Enhanced capacity for Bhutan to complete a National Forest Inventory as part of a NFMS.


2. Capacity building on FREL/FRL. Satellite Land monitoring System (SLMS), and GHG inventory for the LULUCF Sector.












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