The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) collaborated with the National Environment Commission (NEC), Bhutan, by signing a MoU on May 7, 2012 in Paro, Bhutan.
The MoU was signed between Dr.Ugyen Tshewang, Secretary, NEC and Mr. Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director General, CSE. The main objectives of the MoU are to assist NEC in capacity building, monitoring and compliance of development projects (i.e. EIA), advocate laboratory support and encourage research and knowledge dissemination. The inaugural remarks were given by Mr. Thinley Dorji, Deputy Chief Environment Officer, NEC. The key note address was given by Dr. Ugyen Tshewang followed by Mr. Chandra Bhushan.
The Centre for Science and Environment in partnership with NEC also conducted a 5 day capacity building training programme on EIA from May 7-11, 2012 followed by stakeholder consultation workshop from May 14-16, 2012. The training programme and workshop was attended by 53 stakeholders from NEC, Department of Industry, Department of Geology and Mines, Department of Cottage and Small Industry and 23 other major departments of the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB). The inaugural lecture of the training was given by Mr. Chandra Bhushan who addressed the participants about CSE and Environment Impact Assessment (EIA). The other key speakers of this training programme were Mr. Sujit Kumar Singh and Ms. Swati Singh Sambyal.
The minerals sector is a key driver for the country’s industrial growth. However, it has brought in its wake severe environmental repercussions and social conflicts. One of the greatest challenges, therefore, is how to make mining environmentally and socially acceptable. Unfortunately, most EIA/SIA reports either overlook or poorly interpret the critical issues related to a mining project.