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Green Jobs in Eco-efficient construction in Bhutan

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Published on Sep 11, 2012

In 2011, to demonstrate the importance of "Greening Development Plans and Budgets" for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development, the Poverty-Environment Initiative in Bhutan supported a number of on ground innovative initiatives. Which successfully demonstrated that Green Development provides an excellent opportunity for Poverty Reduction.

PEI supported Tarayana Foundation to construct eco-friendly and disaster resilient houses. 25 households have benefited so far from this successful initiative. Carpenters from the community were provided with training on eco-friendly construction techniques in Zhemgang Dzongkhag by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests. The training focused on the use of treated cane and bamboo as construction materials to make it cost effective, eco-friendly and durable. The carpenters returned to their villages and transferred skills to their community.

The villagers now have a secure shelter and are able to now concentrate their efforts in agricultural activities and other off-farm opportunities through the skills that they have acquired. This is a clear demonstration of sustainable utilization of natural resources in improving poor people's livelihoods.

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