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 ambitious, long-term conservation goals. Its constitution requires a minimum of 60% of its land must be forested at all times; currently it’s at 72%, with more than half the nation covered by a network of national parks, nature reserves, and wildlife sanctuaries.

Tshering Tobgay the charismatic Prime Minister is courting donors to a new program called Bhutan for Life, an innovative financing plan devised by the World Wildlife Fund to bridge the government’s gap in conservation funding. Read More

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