Eco-friendly transport: the way forward for Bhutan?

Bhutan is a carbon-neutral country but it seems like the status quo would change due to accelerated economic activities and increasing number of vehicles which has led to a number of environmental issues such as increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other air pollutants. This could threaten Bhutan’s pledge of forever remaining carbon neutral […]

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Can Bhutan maintain 60% of its land under forest cover?

With more than 70% of its total land area under forest cover and rich forest biodiversity, Bhutan is probably one of the few countries in the world to come under the spotlight for its stringent environment conservation. Bhutan’s Constitution mandates that 60% of the country must remain under forest cover for all times to come but […]

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Amochhu water treatment plant ongoing under water flagship program

The Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) said that assessment for River Bank Filtration for Amochhu Water Treatment Plant (WTP) in Phuentsholing is ongoing with experts from Germany from March 2 to 6 under the water flagship program. Sharing the key updates of the flagship program updates for February on March 5, water flagship program’s coordinator, […]

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Biogas proves a success in rural Bhutan

Firewood harvesting and use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) has decreased significantly in the country’s rural pockets with the introduction of biogas. In 2011, the Bhutan Biogas Project introduced biogas plants in the country with an objective to provide a sustainable energy source for households with livestock and help them reduce their dependency on firewood and expensive fossil fuels. […]

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Crack meters installed to monitor cracks in Kuenga Rabten

Crack meters have been set up to monitor the nature of cracks in Kuenga Rabten in Draagteng Gewog, Trongsa, according to Minister of Economic Affairs Loknath Sharma during the press meet yesterday. The locals of Kuenga Rabten, meanwhile, complained about cracks appearing in the walls and pillars of their homes earlier this year and alleged […]

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Villagers face increased wildlife predation after integrating with wildlife sanctuary

Villagers of Nichula gewog fear extreme predation from the wild animals inhabiting Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary (PWS) in Dagana Dzongkhag. The villagers are worried about their future if the wildlife attacks on their crops continue. Since the gewog was integrated with the Phibsoo WC, wildlife predation on their crops has increased, according to them. Nichula gewog […]

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Limited budget to blacktop Kharbandi-Pasakha road

Though the Kharbandi- Pasakha road leading to the country’s biggest industrial estate, Pasakha has been in terrible condition for years, the Department of Roads (DoR) has received only Nu 20mn for maintenance which will cover two kilometers of the road. DoR’s Chief Engineer, Dorji Wangdi said that with the budget allocated they can only do […]

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Laya sees change in toilet habits after the first Royal Highland Festival

Sanitation was a major issue for Layaps and tourists visiting Laya four years back. Now major changes can be seen in the sanitation habits of the highlanders. Now Layaps have shifted to flush toilets and SATO pan from pit toilet. Laya is located 3,800m above sea level. Laya has a population of more than 1,000 […]

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Green-coloured number plates introduced for electric vehicles

Green-coloured number plates for electric vehicles were launched in Thimphu on Thursday. According to the UNDP Bhutan, the move is expected to be a low-cost way of encouraging wider public to switch to electric vehicles to beat air pollution and keep Bhutan carbon negative. The launch of the green registration plates was graced by Yab […]

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