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Climate Change Fought By The Kingdom of Bhutan

by: Peter Sant
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Bhutan is one of the most pristine hotspots of biodiversity in the world. About 72 percent of the country is covered with forest, and with the approval of the population, the government has declared 60 percent of the forests as a protected area. Bhutan's glaciers withdraw because they melt, leading to dangerous flooding and water scarcity despite this attention to the environment.
A woman with a child on her back with mountains at the background

Climate Change Fought By The Kingdom of Bhutan

This story is from National Geographic to promote natural research and nature conservation. Both organizations are focused on the joint support of experienced naturalists, guiding novice researchers, and protecting natural wonders.

Recommended: Climate Change: China Floods The Arctic On Fire

Bhutan is about Switzerland's size and certainly has no less mountainous - although geographically, it is much more isolated. In the south, landlocked Bhutan borders India, while the mighty Himalayas forms the northern border. Before 1974, Bhutan was completely closed to tourists and most foreigners, and even now, only a handful of paying visitors are admitted at a time.

The kingdom can boast a lively and ancient culture and beautiful scenery. The Gangkhar Puensum, according to many, the highest mountain that has never been climbed, rises 7570 meters in the clouds. Apart from an outdoor feeling for adventure, it would help if you had a lot of money to visit this unique principality.

Trees covered with moss
Silver firs form dense vegetation in this forest in Bhutan. The Bhutan Constitution guarantees that 60% of the forests in the country will remain protected.

The Kingdom Of Bhutan Fought Climate Change.

The Slovenian photographer Ciril Jazbec is one of the few lucky people who have visited Bhutan. Recently he traveled through this country, past villages and vast forests, and spoke to the people. The result of his journey is a personal look behind the scenes of a mysterious little country that few foreigners ever get to see.
His photographs range from traditional rural scenes that may seem surprisingly modern to outsiders. And because we are talking about Bhutan, we also see imposing mountains with dense, green forests in the background. All in all, his photographs give the impression of a special place that shows two sides: of history and change, of old and new, of adaptation and resilience.
Both ancient traditions and renewal characterize this predominantly Buddhist country. It is probably best known for its happy people and beautiful forests, which have escaped the threat of environmental degradation. Jazbec discusses this in more detail.

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Bhutan Must Develop New Infrastructure.

At the end of the last century, the Bhutanese government introduced a socio-economic indicator, referred to as 'Gross National Happiness.' The indicator functions as a social thermometer and should prevent the country's economic development from supplanting the population's traditional way of life. The idea was praised all over the world as original and humanitarian.
Two woman standing in the meadows, one holding a mobile phone with mountains at the background
During their work on a rice field in Laya, two peasant women take a break. Last year, Laya was connected to the power grid for the first time. The connection was welcomed because the nearest village is several days' walk away. 

But of course, with the introduction of the 'BNG,' not all problems of the country are solved. In the recent World Happiness Report of the UN, Bhutan was 97th place, mainly attributed to income inequality and unemployment.

Recommended: Climate Change: Natural Or man Made? Let's See!

Another growing problem is that the country's limited and vulnerable ecosystem is being affected by climate change. Bhutan's glaciers are melting, causing sudden flooding, and the rainy season is becoming increasingly irregular, leading to water shortages in dry seasons. But although little Bhutan cannot be held responsible for the greenhouse gases that blow the rest of the world into the atmosphere, the country reacts by sharpening its own environmental rules - which are already very strict.
About sixty percent of the Bhutanese forests are protected areas, and new infrastructure must be developed sustainably. More attention is paid to electric public transport and hybrid cars than to the traditional vehicle fleet development. With this kind of measure, Bhutan not only manages to remain CO2-neutral but even acts as a 'storage place' of CO2: thanks to its vast forests, Bhutan absorbs more CO2 from the air than emissions.

The Bhutanese attention to the fight against climate change was emphasized once again last year by the country's prime minister. His message about the ambitious measures that the country would take in light of the changing climate was why the photographer Jazbec visited the country and recorded the population's resilience. "Bhutan really has an extraordinary relationship with the environment," says Jazbec. "I've never seen anything like this before."

Fighting Climate Change: Taking Care Of The Environment

Jazbec has made photographs of communities facing climate change worldwide, but Bhutan, who, because of his non-disabled people, touched a sensitive chord.

When Jazbec visited the kingdom last year, he was shown around by a 'fixer' or local guide, who showed him several villages. One day Jazbec tried to drive a moth off the screen of his laptop. According to the photographer, his fixer was so upset about what he saw that he appealed to his foreign guest. "He told me that all living beings have a soul," says Jazbec. "He accepted the fact that animals need space."

Recommended: Environmental Activism Is For Everyone, Not Just Scientists

That feeling comes, of course, partly from the main religion in the country, Buddhism. Jazbec saw that many people in Bhutan were trying to take good care of the environment. Whether they were motivated by their religion, their community, or by a less tangible concept, Jazbec noticed how cautiously people dealt with nature and their animals.

As an outsider, he wanted to capture the essence of a country that had long been described as a 'Shangri-La,' an idea that Westerners have always addressed but that they have never been able to grasp.
boys with bow and arrow mountains at the background
Archery is the national sport of Bhutan and is practiced by young and old. 

Photos by Of Ciril Jazbec

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Climate Change Fought By The Kingdom of Bhutan

Bhutan is one of the most pristine hotspots of biodiversity in the world. About 72 percent of the country is covered with forest, and with the approval of the population, the government has declared 60 percent of the forests as a protected area. Bhutan's glaciers withdraw because they melt, leading to dangerous flooding and water scarcity despite this attention to the environment. Climate Change Fought By The Kingdom of Bhutan This story is from National Geographic to promote natural research and nature conservation. Both organizations are focused on the joint support of experienced naturalists, guiding novice researchers, and protecting natural wonders. Recommended:  Climate Change: China Floods The Arctic On Fire Bhutan is about Switzerland's size and certainly has no less mountainous - although geographically, it is much more isolated. In the south, landlocked Bhutan borders India, while the mighty Himalayas forms the northern border. Before 1974, Bhutan was completely closed to tourists and most foreigners, and even now, only a handful of paying visitors are admitted at a time. The kingdom can boast a lively and ancient culture and beautiful scenery. The Gangkhar Puensum, according to many, the highest mountain that has never been climbed, rises 7570 meters in the clouds. Apart from an outdoor feeling for adventure, it would help if you had a lot of money to visit this unique principality. Silver firs form dense vegetation in this forest in Bhutan. The Bhutan Constitution guarantees that 60% of the forests in the country will remain protected. The Kingdom Of Bhutan Fought Climate Change. The Slovenian photographer Ciril Jazbec is one of the few lucky people who have visited Bhutan. Recently he traveled through this country, past villages and vast forests, and spoke to the people. The result of his journey is a personal look behind the scenes of a mysterious little country that few foreigners ever get to see. His photographs range from traditional rural scenes that may seem surprisingly modern to outsiders. And because we are talking about Bhutan, we also see imposing mountains with dense, green forests in the background. All in all, his photographs give the impression of a special place that shows two sides: of history and change, of old and new, of adaptation and resilience. Both ancient traditions and renewal characterize this predominantly Buddhist country. It is probably best known for its happy people and beautiful forests, which have escaped the threat of environmental degradation. Jazbec discusses this in more detail. Recommended:  Hurting The Environment: The Palm Oil Paradox Bhutan Must Develop New Infrastructure. At the end of the last century, the Bhutanese government introduced a socio-economic indicator, referred to as 'Gross National Happiness.' The indicator functions as a social thermometer and should prevent the country's economic development from supplanting the population's traditional way of life. The idea was praised all over the world as original and humanitarian. During their work on a rice field in Laya, two peasant women take a break. Last year, Laya was connected to the power grid for the first time. The connection was welcomed because the nearest village is several days' walk away.  But of course, with the introduction of the 'BNG,' not all problems of the country are solved. In the recent World Happiness Report of the UN, Bhutan was 97th place, mainly attributed to income inequality and unemployment. Recommended:  Climate Change: Natural Or man Made? Let's See! Another growing problem is that the country's limited and vulnerable ecosystem is being affected by climate change. 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