Bhutan for life

Bhutan for life

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 02 Oct 2017 at B.18
  • Est. completion 05 Oct 2032
  • ESS Category Category B

Securing Bhutan’s protected areas, comprising 51% of its territory, thus preventing deforestation and preserving resources.

Bhutan is committed to the bold goal of remaining carbon neutral, as re-stated in its NDC under the Paris Agreement. Much of Bhutan is managed under a network of Protected Areas (PAs), which are central to ensuring that at least 60% of the country remains under forest cover. However, many of these areas are coming under increasing pressure from a combination of economic development in surrounding areas, illegal extraction of resources, and the adverse impacts of weather-related events such as landslides, floods, and forest fires.

Bhutan for Life will support improved management of the country’s PAs, providing time and resources for the government to secure long-term revenues to maintain the improvements. Activities under the programme will increase forestry and land use climate mitigation, and support ecosystem-based adaptation to improve natural resource management and livelihoods, and enhance biodiversity.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 14 years.

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided






Result areas

Project timeline


06 Aug 2016 - 423 days

Concept note received

06 Aug 2016

Funding proposal received

04 Feb 2017

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

25 May 2017


02 Oct 2017 - 369 days

Approved by GCF Board

02 Oct 2017

Cleared by iTAP

02 Oct 2017

FAA executed

11 Jun 2018

Under implementation

05 Oct 2018 - 2,082 days so far

FAA effective

05 Oct 2018

Disbursement - USD 5,792,037

01 Feb 2019

Disbursement - USD 5,178,750

17 Nov 2022

To be completed

05 Oct 2032 - 3,033 days to go

One region

  • Asia-Pacific

One country

  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing41% disbursed

GrantUSD 26,557,354
Total GCF Financing
USD 26,557,354


Co-FinancingGrantUSD 9,400,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 28,000,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 47,100,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 5,000,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 2,200,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 91,700,000

GCF Contacts

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Project complaints and grievances

GCF Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM)
Phone +82 32 458 6186 (KST)
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Integrity issues

GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
Phone +82 32 458 6714 (KST)
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Accredited Entity

World Wildlife Fund, Inc.
Mr. Lucas Black

Vice President, Climate Finance
Ms. Danielle Lien

Lead, GCF Relations
Phone +1 202 293 4800
More contacts

National Designated Authority

Department of Macro-fiscal and Development Finance (DMDF), Ministry of Finance
Mr. Tshering Dorji Primary
Post Box 127, Tashichhodzong, Thimphu,, Thimphu, Bhutan
Phone +975 17600755
Mr. Namgyel Dorjee Operational focal point
Chief, Development Coordination and Debt Management Division (DCDMD), DMDF, Ministry of Finance
Ms. Tshering Choden Operational focal point
GCF Focal Officer, DCDMD, DMDF, Ministry of Finance
Phone +97517579755


News + Stories

Forests: A cause of climate concern, and hope

15 Aug 2018 / You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

Forests: A cause of climate concern, and hope

14 Aug 2018 / You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.