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How The Tiny, Poor Country Of Bhutan Became One Of The Most Sustainable Countries On Earth

March 14, 2016 By: Bridge to Bhutan Category: Culture, Environment, Gross National Happiness, Inspiration, News, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Travel, Tourism & Bhutan

The country knows it needs to develop, but it’s making sure the development doesn’t come at the expense of its natural resources.

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Photo: Flickr user sprklg

That’s the first thing that Tshering Tobgay, the charismatic prime minister of the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan, wants you to know about his homeland.

People are forgiven for thinking otherwise. For its beautiful forests and mountains and ancient Buddhist architecture, Bhutan—a poor, isolated country sandwiched between India and China that famously measures Gross National Happiness as its main economic indicator—has been called the last Shangri-la. But the prime minister knows that perception works against Bhutan’s efforts to develop economically along a truly sustainable path that has eluded many other equally beautiful nations. In Bhutan, many people still live in poverty, youth unemployment is rising, and pressures on forests are increasing. Its total GDP, $2 billion, is half that of Springfield, Ohio. (more…)

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This country isn’t just carbon neutral — it’s carbon negative

March 12, 2016 By: Bridge to Bhutan Category: Environment, Gross National Happiness, Inspiration, News

Deep in the Himalayas, on the border between China and India, lies the Kingdom of Bhutan, which has pledged to remain carbon neutral for all time. In this illuminating talk, Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay shares his country’s mission to put happiness before economic growth and set a world standard for environmental preservation.

Source/courtesy: ted.com

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Big lessons on climate change from a small country

February 15, 2016 By: Bridge to Bhutan Category: Agriculture, Environment, News, Rural Development

Landscape of terrace fields and homes in Bhutan. Credits: Curt Carnemark / World Bank

Landscape of terrace fields and homes in Bhutan. Credits: Curt Carnemark / World Bank

The mountain kingdom of Bhutan may not seem an obvious place to look for lessons on addressing climate change. But on a recent visit I was impressed with how much this small country has achieved and also with its ambition. Bhutan has much to teach South Asia and the wider world. These lessons are especially relevant as the world negotiates in Paris a new pact on climate change at the International Climate Change Summit, known as COP21, which we all hope will eventually move the global economy to a low carbon and more resilient path. (more…)

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The elusive Snow Leopard caught on camera

February 16, 2012 By: Bridge to Bhutan Category: Environment, News, Tourism & Bhutan, wildlife

Courtesy:  The Ministry of Agriculture & Forests, Bhutan , WWF and Kuensel newspaper

The elusive Snow Leopard caught on camera (You tube video)

Snow leopards disappearing?

The cats’ coming into conflict with humans is the main threat to its population in Bhutan
A preliminary snow leopard prey survey conducted recently at the Wangchuck Centennial Park using camera traps revealed several footages of snow leopards and its prey.Watch another video
The study, worth Nu 2M, World Wildlife Fund officials said would focus on the snow leopard population and their places of existence to help prioritise the best areas for conservation. (more…)

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Bhutan – The Last Shangri-La video

January 07, 2011 By: Bridge to Bhutan Category: Buddhism, Culture, Environment, Sustainable Travel, Tourism & Bhutan

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