This is a collaborative project between the Center for Local Governance and Research Bhutan and the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, UK.
The aim of the conference is to emphasize the good environmental lessons from Bhutan and deliberate upon what can be done further to build more resilience for the twin environmental and developmental challenges of the future. This will be an opportunity both for highlighting what lessons there are for the wider world to learn from the Bhutanese experience, and for reflecting upon how Bhutan can best continue on its unique developmental trajectory that combines well-being and development with care for the environment.
The intention is to bring together Bhutanese from any domain of life – scholars, policymakers, professionals, businesspersons, parliamentarians, teachers, entrepreneurs, citizens active in media, non-governmental and civil society sector, students – to think about these challenges, share knowledge, experience and learning in a cooperative and non-partisan environment.
The knowledge produced on building environmental and socioeconomic resilience on Bhutan’s development trajectory as a sustainable biodemocracy is an asset to Bhutanese policy making. It can enable learning from experience and reflection; moreover, the Bhutanese experience may have a wider applicability outside Bhutan.
We see this conference as a small step to producing a knowledge-bank that foregrounds the developmental challenges and highlights the possible responses to them. We aim to produce a concrete output in the form of reports/book based upon the conference proceedings that would be useful in getting these discussions into the future.
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