The new agreement is aimed to provide assistance to all Saarc member states affected by disasters (Image: Krish Dulal)

An agreement signed by all South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) states (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan and India) is underway to promote a rapid response to natural disasters.

A Saarc monitoring system including tools for early warning system and risk... read more

Publishing Date: 29/04/2015
The training course will strengthen the capacities of Bhutan to use satellite information for disasters

On 13 April 2015, UN-SPIDER and UNDP Bhutan kicked off a training course for Bhutanese officials on "Response and recovery... read more

Publishing Date: 14/04/2015
The two training programmes aim to strengthen the capacities of Bangladesh and Bhutan to effectively use satellite-based information for disaster risk reduction (Image: NASA)

UN-SPIDER is planning to conduct two training programmes in April. 

From 5 to 9 April 2015, the programme is jointly organizing the five-day course "Earth observation technologies for disaster damage and loss assessment" in Dhaka, Bangladesh with the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) in Bangladesh.

It aims to strengthen damage and loss assessment by teaching the use of satellites images to contribute to damage and loss assessment.... read more

Publishing Date: 01/04/2015
Participants of the workshop carried out during the Technical Advisory Mission

UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Bhutan from 2 to 6 June 2014. The TAM was conducted upon invitation of the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs.

The team visited key stakeholder agencies of DDM to take account of issues such as current policy and gaps, availability of geospatial information, the current use of space-based information, data sharing practices, applications of geospatial information, challenges and constraints, existing capacity and needs, institutional linkages and coordination and applications to strengthen disaster risk reduction and... read more

Publishing Date: 16/06/2014
Bhutan seen from Space by NASA

UN-SPIDER is set to conduct a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Bhutan from 2 to 6 June 2014. The TAM is organised at the request of the Royal Government of Bhutan to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in all the aspects of disaster management and strengthen disaster risk management in the country.

Mr. Shirish Ravan of UN-SPIDER is leading the TAM with a team of 7 experts representing the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC), the University of Salzburg in Austria, the Asia Disaster... read more

Publishing Date: 26/02/2014

Her Royal Highness Princess Euphelma Choden Wangchuck inspired some secondary high school children from in and around Thimphu to learn about and understand climate change issues through interactive and fun-filled exercises using space technologies for practical day-to-day uses at a special youth event organised on 16 November 2011. Her Royal Highness has shown keen interest in this topic and was present throughout the morning’s session.

The event was part of the SERVIR-Himalaya Youth Forum ‘Earth Observation: Empowering Youth for Climate Action in the Himalayas’ which is being held from 14 to 19 November. SERVIR Himalaya is a joint initiative of the United States National Aeronautics and Space... read more

Publishing Date: 17/11/2011

UN-SPIDER Training Activity

Response and recovery preparedness

The course is following up on a recommendation of the UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Bhutan in November 2014. Its goal is to strengthen Bhutan's capacities to use satellite imagery for...

Date of training: 13/04/2015 to 17/04/2015

Advisory Support

At the request of the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), Ministry of Home and Civil Affairs (MoHCA), Royal Government of Bhutan, UN-SPIDER organized a Technical Advisory Mission to Bhutan to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in Bhutan and to strengthen all aspects of disaster risk management and emergency response through better access to space-based information.

Mission dates: 02/06/2014 to 06/06/2014

Data Source


The National Statistics Bureau (NSB) aims to provide timely, relevant and reliable statistics, consistent with international principles and standard for effective decision making and monitoring.

More information: NSB

The commission is the principle agency for mapping and surveying in Bhutan, which maintains the topographic sheets as well as surveying agendas in general.


The Department of Disaster Management (DDM), established in 2008 under the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs (MoHCA), leads all DRM activities in the Bhutan. The vision of DDM is to promote, support and facilitate disaster management to reduce disaster risks in Bhutan.

More information: DDM

The Ministry of Works and Human Settlement (MoWHS) was established in 2003 with the two main technical Departments, Department of Roads and the Department of Urban Development and Engineering Services. The MoWHS is in charge of formulating policies and developing plans related to the countries physical infrastructure.

More information: MoWHS

The Ministry of Trade & Industry, which was subsequently renamed as Ministry of Economic Affairs was established in 1967.The aim of the MoEA is to promote a green and self reliant economy sustained by an IT enabled knowledge society guided by the philosophy of GNH.

More information: Ministry of Economic Affairs

National Soil Service Center (NSSC) was created in the 8th Five Year Plan period (1997-2002) and reports directly to the Department of Agriculture (DoA) under the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA). The centre has the responsibility of providing technical services for soil and soil fertility management.

More information: NSSC


A forest fire, which started in the afternoon on 9th March from Chenari, near Chazam in Trashigang, has burnt down an automobile workshop, three cars and 25 two-wheelers kept for repair there, as the fire spread, fanned by fierce wind. No casualties were reported.

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