Background

The National Environment Commission (NEC) is a high-level autonomous agency of the Royal Government of Bhutan and is mandated to look after all issues related to environment in Bhutan. Its high-level commission ensures that it will have the authority to call for assistance it will need from other government bodies. The Commission also monitors the impact of development on the environment and aims to put in place the necessary controls, regulations and incentives to the private/public sectors to achieve sustainable development through the judicious use of natural resources. The coordination of inter-sectoral programmes, the implementation of policies and legislation with regard to the environment is also another important mandate of the Commission.
The NEC Secretariat plays a key role in promoting sound environmental policies and investments. This Secretariat is responsible for ensuring that Bhutan follows a sustainable development path and that all projects, be it public or private, take into consideration environmental aspects.

Vision

A healthy and sustainable environment for present and future generations in pursuit of Gross National Happiness

Mission

To conserve and protect environment through the National Environment Commission as an independent apex body on all matters relating to environment to regulate environmental impacts and promote sustainable environment

Mandate

The National Environment Commission is a high level multi-sectoral body. It is the highest decision making and coordinating body on all the matters relating to the protection, conservation and improvement of the natural environment.
The mandate of the National Environment Commission is to:

  • develop, review and revise environmental policies, plans and programmes
  • Formulate, review and revise environment related Laws/Acts and monitor enforcement of the same
  • mainstream environment into the country’s developmental policies, plans and programmes
  • Promote environmental awareness amongst all levels of Bhutanese society, including dissemination of environmental policies, strategies, acts, rules, regulations and standards through print, audio visual and other appropriate means
  • institutionalize the Environmental Assessment (EA) process as an integral part of the development planning process through enforcement of EA Act 2000
  • adopt, review and revise environmental standards for the country
  • Monitor ambient air and water quality and land-use changes and inform all sections of the society through print, audio visual and other appropriate means
  • promote and ensure an efficient system of gathering and sharing environmental information
  • Publish State of Environment Reports and report/submit to the Lhengyal Zhungtshog/Parliament once every 5 years and disseminate the findings to the general public
  • promote and conduct environmental research
    Coordinate and facilitate the implementation of bilateral and multilateral environmental agreements, conventions, treaties or declarations
    receive representations on environmental matters from members of the Civil Society
  • develop and facilitate the implementation of the National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS)
  • Coordinate and monitor cross-sectoral issues related to water, forestry and mineral resources and waste management in the country. The line ministries/agencies shall be responsible for their Implementation and enforcement functions
  • Participate in all environment related regional, sub-regional and international conferences and negotiations

His Excellency Lyonpo Yeshey Penjor, 

Chairperson

Hon’ble Secretary Dasho Sonam P Wangdi, NECS, Member Secretary

Hon’ble Secretary Dasho Rinzin Dorji, MoAF, Member

Hon’ble Secretary Dasho Yeshi Wangdi,
MoEA, Member
Hon’ble Secretary Dasho Chencho Dorji,
MoWHS, Member
Hon’ble Secretary Dasho Pema Tshewang,
NLCS, Member
Dr. Lam Dorji,
Private, Member
Dr. Kinley Tenzin,
RSPN, Member
Mr. Dechen Dorji,
WWF, Member
 

Head Office

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
NamePosition Title
 Dasho Sonam Phuntsho WangdiSecretary
Thinlay LhamoPersonal Assistant
OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISOR
NamePosition Title
Lyonpo Paljor. J. DorjiSpecial Advisor to NEC
Tashi WangdiPersonal Assistant
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
NamePosition Title
Lhap TsheringSenior Finance Officer
Rinzin ZangmoAssistant Administrative Officer
Karma YangdenAccounts Assistant
Pema Lhazom
Administrative Assistant
Tshering
Administrative Assistant
POLICY AND PROGRAMMING SERVICES
NamePosition Title
Karma TsheringHead
Tshewang ZangmoProgram Officer
Rinchen TsheringProgram Officer
LEGAL SERVICES
NamePosition Title
KunzangDeputy Chief Legal Officer
Kunzang RinzinSenior Legal Officer
Namgay BidhaLegal Assistant
HUMAN RESOURCE SERVICES
NamePosition Title
Dechen WangmoHuman Resource Officer
ENVIRONMENT ASSESSMENT AND COMPLIANCE DIVISION
NamePosition Title
Thinley NamgyelChief Environment Officer(EOL)
Karma C NyedrupSpecialist
Tshering DorjiDeputy Environment Officer (EOL)
Choki WangmoDeputy Environment Officer (Officiating Chief of Division)
Tshering DhendupAssistant Environment Officer (EOL)
Tshering ChodenAssistan Environment Officer
Wangdi PhuntshoAssistant Environment Officer (EOL)
Choki WangmoAssistant Environment Officer (EOL)
Kunzang Dema RinchenAssistant Environment Officer
Rinchen DorjiAssistant Environment Officer
Drodhel ZangpoAssistant Environment Officer
Jangchhu DemaEnvironment Quality Standard Technician
WASTE MANAGEMENT DIVISION
NamePosition Title
Thinley DorjiChief Environment Officer
Rinchen PenjorAssistant Environment officer
Kezang ChodenAssistant Environment officer
Ugyen TshomoAssistant Environment officer
Environment Information & Outreach Services Section
Tshering TashiSenior Communication Officer
Tshering PeldenLibrary Assistant
WATER RESOURCES COORDINATION DIVISION
NamePosition Title
Tenzin KhorloChief Environment Officer
Jigme NidupDeputy Chief Environment Officer (On secondment)
Water Resources Coordination Section
Tshewang LhamoEnvironment Officer (EL)
Phuntsho WangdiAssistant Environment Officer (EOL)
Jigchen L NorbuAssistant Environment Officer
Environment Quality Monitoring Section
Passang DemaEnvironment Quality Standard Technician
Dechen LhamEnvironment Quality Standard Technician
CLIMATE CHANGE DIVISION
NamePosition Title
Tenzin WangmoChief Environment Officer
Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation Section
Sonam Lhaden Khandu Deputy Chief Environment Officer
Mitigation Section
Sonam DagayAssistant Environment Officer
Atmospheric Quality & Standard Section
Tshewang DorjiDeputy Chief Environment Officer
TshomoEnvironment Quality Standard Technician
Jigme ZangmoEnvironment Quality Standard Technician
ICT SERVICES
NamePosition Title
Sujata SunuwarSenior ICT Officer
Rinzin NamgaySenior ICT Technical Associate
POOL STAFF
NamePosition Title
Penjor TsheringStore Incharge
Passang WangmoTelephone Operator
KarmaMessenger
Pema WangdiDriver
PassangDriver
KarmaDriver (EOL)
Sonam DorjiDriver
  

Dzongkhag Environment Officers (DEO)

NameDesignation
Mr. Tashi DendupDzongkhag  Environment Officer, Zhemgang
Mr. Langa DorjiDzongkhag  Environment Officer, Samtse
Ms. Dorji DemaDzongkhag  Environment Officer, Trashiyangtse
Mr. Chhimi WangchukDzongkhag  Environment Officer, Trashigang
Mr. Sachin LimbuDzongkhag  Environment Officer, Samdrup Jongkhar
Mr. Dorji KhanduDzongkhag  Environment Officer, Trongsa
Mr. Ngawang DorjiDzongkhag  Environment Officer, Paro
Mr. Dorji WangdiDzongkhag  Environment Officer, Tsirang
Mr. Tenzin ChoedaDzongkhag  Environment Officer, Pemagatshel
Mr. Sangay NorbuDzongkhag  Environment Officer, Chhukha
Mr. Karma Dorji JimbaDzongkhag  Environment Officer, Dagana
Mr. Rinchen PenjorDzongkhag  Environment Officer, Wangdue
Ms. Tshering DekarDzongkhag  Environment Officer, Mongar
Mr. Sonam GyelpoDzongkhag Environment Officer, Thimphu
Mr. Dorji WangchukDzongkhag Environment Officer, Haa
Mr. Phub TsheringDzongkhag Environment Officer, Punakha
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