• Organization TypeGovernment, Implementing NGO
  • HeadquartersBhutan
  • Founded1992

Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation

They are the world’s first environmental trust fund, established in 1992 as a collaborative venture between the Royal Government of Bhutan, United Nations Development Program, and World Wildlife Fund. An endowment of US$20 million was set up as an innovative mechanism to finance conservation programs over the long term in Bhutan. Donors to the trust fund include the World Wildlife Fund and the Global Environment Facility, the governments of Bhutan, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland. In May 1996, the trust fund was legally incorporated in Bhutan under Royal Charter. Today, it is an effective conservation grantmaking organisation autonomous of the government. The trust fund is governed by the Royal Charter of 1996 and a high-level Management Board that was fully Bhutanised in May 2001. The day to day business is conducted by the secretariat headed by the Director as the Chief Executive Officer. Vision Statement: “All citizens champion their natural heritage of healthy forests, clean waterways, diverse flora and fauna and intact eco-systems and takes personal responsibility for maintaining a green and healthy environment for themselves and future generations”. Mission Statement: “To promote the socio-economic welfare of Bhutanese citizens by funding conservation of their flora, fauna, diverse eco-system and biodiversity; and addressing the adverse effects of development on Bhutan’s natural environment”.    
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Staff at Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation have experience in


  • banking & finance budgeting
  • financial services
  • finance
  • development
  • research & development


  • bhutan
  • bangladesh
  • guatemala
  • worldwide
  • indonesia


  • managerial experience
  • business development

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Company Offices

  • Bhutan (headquarters)
  • Thimphu