Coming to grips with water: How Bhutan is overcoming challenges magnified by climate change
The land-locked country of Bhutan is exposed to a wide range of climate change-induced threats, including glacial lake outburst floods - known as ‘GLOFs’ - flash floods and landslides, windstorms, forest fires, and seasonal water shortages (affecting not only people’s consumption but also the viability of livestock and agriculture).
In recent times, due to warmer temperatures and unpredictable precipitation, some pockets of rural settlements have faced severe challenges in terms of water resources. Erratic and extreme rainfall during monsoon seasons, coupled with the country’s alpine topography, are posing serious risks of landslides and floods in many parts of the country.
This short video explains how Bhutan, with the support of the GEF-Least Developed Countries Fund and the United Nations Development Programme, under the project 'Addressing the Risks of Climate-Induced Disasters in Bhutan through Enhanced National and Local Capacity for Effective Actions' (known as the NAPA-II project) is overcoming the challenges.