Research in Renewable Natural
Resources in Bhutan
Historically in Bhutan, research and development on natural resources was sector-specific, commodity- and discipline-focused and research-led with little community involvement. The Renewable Natural Resource Research Center (Bajo) of the Ministry of Agriculture piloted a watershed Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) project focusing on improving resource productivity to improve livelihoods through integrated natural resource management with the participation of local communities. The project involved a participatory and integrated approach to diagnose problems, plan and implement necessary interventions in conjunction with conventional research on-station.
Adapted from a chapter
Tyler, S. (ed). Community-Based
Natural Resource Management:
Action Research and Policy
Change in Asia. Ottawa: IDRC
Books, forthcoming 2005.
This paper describes how participatory action research (PAR) in the field influenced changes in the community, at the Bajo Research Center, and more widely in the agricultural research system in Bhutan.
The Bajo Renewable Natural Resource Research Center (RNRRC)
The Ministry of Agriculture embodies the Renewable Natural Resources (RNR) sectors of
Agriculture, Livestock and Forestry, and is in charge of managing natural resources. The
RNR Research Center at Bajo is one of four such organizations in the country under the
Council of RNR Research of Bhutan (CoRRB). It has dual mandates of coordinating
national level research on field crops (e.g., staples, oilcrops and grain legumes) and
responding to the research and development needs of its five districts at the regional
level. The other centers located in different regions of the country have national
mandates for livestock, forestry and horticulture.