Coinciding with this year’s World Environment Day, the Waste Management Division of Bhutan’s National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS) carried out an education and outreach programme in four major cities and all 20 of the country’s districts on the theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. The three winning initiatives, put forward by Tsirang District, Samtse District and Thimphu City, were selected because of the innovative ideas they offered for beating plastic pollution. These initiatives were presented during Bhutan’s District Environment Officers conference in July and were awarded by Her Majesty the Queen of Bhutan.
Waste has become a global concern and Bhutan is no exception. Consumption patterns have resulted in an increase in the amount of waste generated. Inadequate waste disposal is increasing the risks to the health of ecosystems and people and, at the same time, is generating considerable greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). The project Strengthening the Capacity in Bhutan, Mongolia and Nepal to Reduce GHGs and Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPS) from the Waste Sector Based on Circular Economy Concept tackles this problem by aiming to reduce emissions generated in the waste sector.
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