Bhutan became a party to and ratified the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1995 by the 73rd session of the National Assembly, recognizing the importance of biodiversity to humankind and its own goal of environmentally sustainable development and committed leadership in environmental conservation. The CBD is one of the most comprehensive international agreements, signed by 193 countries committed to the conservation and sustainable utilization of biological resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from access to biological resources. Bhutan also signed the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing in 2011 to enable meaningful ABS collaborations that will benefit the country and the people at large through regulated access to biological resources in the country. The National Biodiversity Centre was designated as the National Focal Point for Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilization at the 44th Commission meeting of the National Environment Commission.
Biological resources effectively conserved, sustainable used and benefits equitably shared for enhancement of livelihood, food security and environmental well-being of the country.
Effective conservation, sustainable utilization and equitable sharing of benefits arising from access and use of biological resources.
To become a premier institute on biodiversity in the country resulting in the effective management of biodiversity and maximizing the benefits from it as well as contributing to international efforts toward conserving biodiversity.
News and Events
International Biodiversity Day
From Agreement to Action: Build Back Biodiversity!International Biodiversity Day is a momentous occasion that brings people from all walks of life together to celebrate the incredible diversity of life on our planet. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness … Continued
Bhutan Biodiversity Portal Awareness Campaign
National Biodiversity Centre conducted the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal Awareness campaign at various schools in the eastern region of the country. The Centre commenced its first Bhutan Biodiversity Portal awareness campaign in Autsho Central School, located at Lhuentse Dzongkhag on 28th … Continued
Biodiversity Rules and Regulation 2023 sensitization workshop in Paro
27th – 28th April 2023, Currently Ongoing: The sensitization workshop on Biodiversity Rules and Regulations 2023 of the Biodiversity Act of Bhutan 2022 is being carried in Paro for relevant stakeholders for the enforcement agencies and Access and Benefit Sharing … Continued
Two new species of orchids described from Bhutan
Two new species of Bulbophyllum orchids have been discovered by a team of researchers from the College of Natural Resources, National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), Department of Forest and Park Services, and Department of Plant and Soil Science in the United … Continued
Sensitization workshop on the Biodiversity Rules and Regulations 2023
21st April 2023: The first-ever sensitization workshop on Biodiversity Rules and Regulations 2023 of the Biodiversity Act of Bhutan 2022 was held in Thimphu for relevant stakeholders with a special focus on the roles and responsibilities of enforcement agencies and … Continued
Bird Photography Contest
Bhutan Biodiversity Portal is delighted to announce a Bird Photography Contest in honor of National Bird Month (17th April-17th May 2023). The bird photography contest is open to both amateur and professional photographers. Send your top three birds photo with … Continued
National Bird Month
Greetings Birder/Bird enthusiasts, Greetings Birder/Bird enthusiasts, Bhutan Biodiversity Portal is pleased to announce Bhutan’s First National Bird Month. National bird month will be observed from 17th April to 17th May 2023 to appreciate the pivotal role birds play in an … Continued
Executive Order for Implementation of the Biodiversity Rules & Regulations 2023
For the implementation of Biodiversity Rules & Regulations 2023 of the Biodiversity Act of Bhutan 2022, executive orders in both Dzongkha and English is being issued after it has been endorsed and adopted by the Competent National Authority (CNA) on … Continued
Bhutan Biodiversity Specimen Portal
A suite of user-friendly, web-based biological specimen data portal