Climate Change In Bhutan: Impact On Himalayan Glaciers And Glacial Lakes

The Himalayas have the largest concentration of glaciers outside the polar region. provide the headwaters for nine major river systems in Asia. These freshwater reserve are a lifeline for almost one-third of humanity. There is clear evidence that Himalayan glaciers have been melting at an unprecedented rate in recent decades. This has causes major changes in…

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

Bhutan–a poor, isolated country sandwiched between India and China measures Gross National Happiness as its main economic indicator. It became the first country to commit to being carbon neutral in perpetuity in 2009,by which time it had already become carbon negative: Its forests absorb three times more CO2 than the whole country emits. Bhutan has…

How Is Bhutan Focusing On Ambitious Conservation And Human Well-being?

Bhutan has sought a new path to development with a dual focus on ambitious conservation and human well-being. This is the country’s wide-ranging commitment to sustainability. Bhutan is now carbon negative: it not only produces renewable energy  but the kingdom also acts as a carbon sink. Bhutan’s grassroots approach seems to be working and is…

Unabated Climate Change Would Reverse the Hard-Earned Development Gains in Asia — New Report

Unabated climate change would bring devastating consequences to countries in Asia and the Pacific, which could severely affect their future growth, reverse current development gains, and degrade quality of life, according to a report produced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Under a business-as-usual scenario, a…

Climate Change Adaptation In Bhutan’s Renewable Natural Resources Sector

Bhutan’s development is highly dependent on climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture, hydropower and forestry. Considering the change in weather pattern and the probable threat to people’s livelihoods and the rural economy, the Government has initiated steps to enhance resilience of Bhutan’s rural households against the effects of climate change. It is intended to ensure climate change…

What Bhutanese Hazelnuts Tell Us About Using Data For Good

Mountain Hazelnuts, Bhutan’s only 100% foreign invested company, supports 10,000 hazelnut farmers where they are carefully selected to ensure productivity, maximize social and environmental benefits, such as vulnerable households, or reducing land erosion. The whole system of support, monitoring, and optimization live on a carefully crafted data platform that feeds information to and from the farmers, the…