About NBC

Background

Bhutan became party to the International Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1995 after ratification of the Convention by the 73rd session of the National Assembly. Subsequently, Bhutan developed the first Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) in 1998 – a guiding policy document for conservation and sustainable use of biological resources of the country. Concurrently, the National Biodiversity Centre was instituted in 1998 under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests as an implementing agency of the CBD and to coordinate biodiversity conservation and sustainable use programs in the country.

Vision

“Effective Conservation, Sustainable utilization and Equitable sharing of benefits arising from access and use of biological resources ”.

Mission

Biological resources effectively conserved, sustainably used and benefits equitably shared for enhancement of livelihood, food security and environmental well-being of the country.

Mandates

  1. To coordinate and implement biodiversity conservation and sustainable use programs in the country, including Biodiversity Action Plan (s).
  2. To coordinate and implement obligations under regional and international conventions, treaties and protocols related to biodiversity.
  3. To develop policies and legal frameworks for conservation and sustainable utilization of biological resources.
  4. To serve as the national repository for germplasm and botanical collections.
  5. To serve as the national focal agency to regulate access to biological resources of the country, ensuring equitable sharing of the benefits arising from access.
  6. To serve as the national focal agency for bioprospecting and documentation of traditional knowledge  associated with biological resources.
  7. To serve as the national clearing house for biodiversity information.
  8. To promote regional and international institutional linkages and collaboration for technology transfer, technical capacity enhancement and collaborative research in the field of biodiversity.