Bhutan is the Lead Country for the Environment and Climate Change Sector
Recognizing the adverse impact of climate change on the lives and livelihood of the people and the serious threat that it poses to the region, the BIMSTEC Leaders agreed to explore collaborative initiatives and enhance cooperation in environmental protection and sustainable development.
As per the decision of the 17th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting a Joint Working Group on Environment and Climate Change has been established. The Joint Working Group is expected to met soon to draw up a Plan of Action for the region.
BIMSTEC Centre for Weather and Climate (BCWC)
The Memorandum of Association (MoA) on the establishment of the BIMSTEC Centre for Weather and Climate (BCWC) was signed in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on 4 March 2014 at the Third BIMSTEC Summit. India proposed to host the BIMSTEC Centre for Weather and Climate Change. Currently the BIMSTEC Centre for Weather and Climate Change functions from the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF), Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Objectives of BCWC
• To promote and encourage cooperation between BIMSTEC member countries in identified areas of fundamental and applied scientific research in weather prediction and climate modeling
• To promote scientific capacity building in weather and climate research
• To encourage and assist the publication of important results of research obtained within the framework of the BIMSTEC cooperation on weather and climate