Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen addressed the Annual Environmental Officers’ Conference during its opening ceremony in Thimphu on 3rd July.
The conference marks the culmination of a number of events, activities and initiatives commemorating World Environment Day, from June 5.
Her Majesty, in the Keynote Address, expressed concerns over the growing plastic pollution and waste management issues in Bhutan, and emphasized the critical importance of finding solutions to address them.
Her Majesty commended the initiatives held across the country to celebrate World Environment Day, and reminded that these actions should not be merely symbolic, but also every day practice.
Environment Officers from 20 Dzongkhags, including the 4 thromdes, will discuss major environment policy issues including laws on waste management, water, and environment assessment, during the conference organized by the National Environment Commission.
The conference aims to foster greater public understanding of environmental laws, and strengthen their implementation and enforcement.
As part of World Environment Day commemorations, various nationwide competitions were held to engage schools and communities in reducing waste and adopting sustainable and environmentally friendly practices over the course of the year. Her Majesty awarded certificates of recognition to the winners.
As the Royal Patron for environment, Her Majesty works closely with environment agencies and NGOs.