Loss and Damage in Bhutan

Posted on 2018-10-05

Interview with Norbu Wangdi about the findings of the Bhutan case study of CDKN's Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Countries Initiative.

Focus: The impact of changing monsoon patterns on rice production. Research area: Punakha District

In Punakha District, late onset of monsoon rains and lower total amounts of monsoon rain decrease the availability of water for paddy rice irrigation. Farmers try to adapt by changing water-sharing arrangements, intensifying irrigation channel maintenance, and by shifting from rice to lower-yielding, rain-fed crops. A small minority can afford to buy gasoline pumps. For 87% of the survey respondents (N=273), the measures are not enough and/or entail extra costs. In addition, some adaptation measures are reported to cause conflicts between households and villages.

Interview recorded by Allard Detiger during writeshop at UN University in Bonn.

Editing: Allard Detiger & Koen Kusters Academic support: Koko Warner & Kees van der Geest

Location of the interview: UNCCD - Library, Bonn