Bhutan, in pursuit of sustainable development

12 Sep 2012

Bhutan, a small mountainous country nestled in the Himalayas, is a global leader in environmentally sustainable development. Its social, economic, political and spiritual foundations are rooted in the idea of Gross National Happiness. This means it strives towards equitable socio-economic development, preservation of culture, conservation of the environment and good governance.

Towards this end, the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative in Bhutan helps to ensure that environmentally sustainable considerations remain an integral part of the country’s national development plans.

The programme “provides an ideal platform for creating enabling conditions for achieving poverty reduction and environmental sustainability,” says Lyonpo Dorji Wangdi, Minister of Labour and Human Resources.

Bhutan is committed to carbon neutrality, and environmental considerations are enshrined into its Constitution, including a requirement that the country preserve 60 percent of its land as forest.

This short movie provides a snapshot of what the “greening” of its national plan means for the country.

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