Nima Sherpa says others can learn how we integrate agriculture, livestock and forestry

Nima Phuntsho Sherpa works in the Policy and Planning Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan and shared his views with GCCA+ website at the Global Learning Event (GLE) in Brussels.

Hosted by the European Commission, the GLE is a platform to ensure that knowledge generated during implementation of the COP21 Paris Agreement and other marquis climate change programmes is shared across countries and regions, and with key stakeholders and development partners.

Can you summarise what you presented to GLE delegates?

During my presentation on day one of the event, I gave an overview of my country’s climate change adaptation programme. I tried to present some lessons learned during implementation of our programmes at the field level, the constraints and challenges we faced.

The ministry is trying to focus initiatives especially in the eastern part of Bhutan, which is most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change; activities like watershed management, green livestock farming … drip irrigation and so on.

What is the main take-home from Bhutan’s experience at GLE?

It is important to link the timing of the fiscal year to that of development partners. It is critical to synch this so we get budgets on time and integrate the activities on time … Others can learn from the way we integrate agriculture, livestock and forestry together. I highlighted cases from each of these parts in the presentation of our results.   

What are the lessons you are learning at GLE?

I’m interested in hearing more about the GCCA+ Support Facilities and about lessons from all over the world. It is good to get to know what they are doing.