Bhutan is one of the top 10 biodiversity hotspots with the highest species density in the world. Bhutan also has one of the highest proportion of area under protected area system (51 percent) with over 70 percent forest cover. WWF Bhutan’s conservation strategy is aligned to global conservation priorities on minimising ecological footprints and traditional biodiversity conservation works for priority species and landscapes. WWF Bhutan is associated with two Global Initiatives (GIs) and the Asia High Mountains in the region:
The Living Himalayas Initiative (LHI)
WWF Bhutan partners with LHI to bring transformational conservation impact in the three Eastern Himalayan countries of Bhutan, India (North-East) and Nepal. The Eastern Himalayas is one of the world’s most biodiversity rich regions. This biodiversity - along with livelihoods, traditions and ways of life of local communities – is underpinned by the ecological health of the major rivers that it feeds.
Tigers Alive Initiative (TAI)
WWF Bhutan contributes to TAI’s goal of effective management of 13 priority tiger landscapes through enhanced protection, connectivity, monitoring and financing of critical core areas and corridors.
Asia High Mountains (AHM)
WWF Bhutan works closely with AHM in implementing climate change adaptation actions. Through the program, WWF Bhutan has been promoting better agricultural and grazing practices and other climate-smart initiative with the communities and snow leopard in the ranges of central Bhutan.