Promoting Bioprospecting as a Nature-based Solution for Community Resilience and Environmental Conservation

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The National Biodiversity Centre under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Cottage and Small Industry (CSI) Market are participating together in the Bhutan Agrifood Trade and Investment Forum (BATIF) to promote “Bioprospecting” as Nature-based Solution (NbS). The event, scheduled from May 15 to 19, 2024, at Children’s Park in Changlimethang in Thimphu, aims to raise awareness in the Bioprospecting field.

Considering Bhutan’s diverse array of undiscovered flora and fauna, attached to its traditional knowledge (TK), there is potential to introduce consumer-friendly alternative natural products, offering a wide range of choices for consumers, particularly in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. This transition is anticipated to offer Bhutan an opportunity to take advantage of its untapped biodiversity.

At the heart of our effort lies a collective effort to showcase success stories and products from partners engaged in Bioprospecting, demonstrating their success stories and experiences. As the fair commenced with an encouraging turnout on its first day, we urge all visiting guests to seize the moment, visit our stall, and utilise this platform to make informed decisions.

The guests are encouraged to visit the stall to investigate the significance of why, what, and how Bioprospecting holds potential in Bhutan. At our stall, we offer insights into Bioprospecting methodology and inspiring narratives of community-led environmental conservation initiatives and their benefits, all presented through audio-visual presentations. Moreover, visitors will have access to Bioprospecting policy frameworks and other references that support community involvement in environmental conservation.
For those eager to delve deeper into the Bioprospecting realm, a dedicated space has been created for panel discussions, where our experts stand ready to provide guidance and insight. You are invited to our stall to engage in meaningful dialogue, exchange ideas, and explore the possibility of forming partnerships in the field of Bioprospecting.