Sustainable Land Management

Project Summary

The project will promote innovative mechanisms to enhance sustainable land management practices with local, regional and global environmental benefits. By so doing, the project will promote and enhance synergies between the Convention to Combat Desertification, the Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Convention on Conservation of Biological Diversity.It is expected that the project will support the reappraisal and potential realignment of public sector roles in planning and implementation, including the creation of opportunities for public-private and other local partnerships appropriate to the Bhutanese context. It will also pilot and demonstrate integrated landscape management approaches in selected sites, to help government and other stakeholders address issues of competing demands on the land resource, assess its carrying capacity and articulate a plan for its rational allocation and management. It will also test the application of alternative accounting mechanisms to help pinpoint where costs of development works are incurred and where support might be needed to defray costs and invest in mitigating measures. The project will support decentralized environmental management and strengthen the technical capacity of Bhutanese institutions to identify and address landscape degradation trends and improve cross-sectoral mechanisms for ecosystem management, including financing, incentive systems and regulatory arrangements

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Agriculture, Dzongkhag and Geog Administrations
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
300,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
7,664,000 USD
Co-financing Total
8,225,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
716,310 USD
Total Cost 16,189,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
03 Oct 2003
Preparation Grant Approved
10 Nov 2003
Concept Approved
01 Jul 2005
Project Approved for Implementation
30 Nov 2005
Project closed
22 Jan 2014