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Bhutan

TOTAL POPULATION

0.78 million YEAR 2014

CO2 EMISSIONS

1,000 kt COUNTRY, YEAR 2014

2,516,400 kt South Asia, YEAR 2014

“To remain carbon neutral, so that emissions of greenhouse gases do not exceed carbon sequestration by forests.”

PARIS AGREEMENT TARGET

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CLIMATE SIGNIFICANCE

The Eastern Himalayas have been identified as a global biodiversity hotspot, harbouring rare endemic species and providing refuge from human interactions for a particularly wide range of species. Due to its mountainous character, Bhutan remains a largely rural society based on agriculture and forestry, and the majority of its population gathers in the valleys. Its low population density also allows for rare and also more peaceful interaction between wildlife and humans. 

The Kingdom of Bhutan made the commitment to remain carbon neutral as it is already a net carbon sink for the planet. Almost all of its electricity comes from hydropower, a major source of international revenue thanks to the dense river system and potential of the region. Export of electricity from hydropower projects form a major source of revenue for this country which holds enormous amounts of water in the form of glaciers and ice caps. Bhutan, like the other Himalayan countries, has to tread carefully with its two giant neighbours China and India, with which it has peaceful, yet careful relationships. 

More than a quarter of Bhutan is protected as national parks, reserves and other regulated areas. The country’s policy to charge tourists a high fee for each visit (around €175/day) has ensured the social and environmental safety of local populations. 

Plans to identify a further 9% of land area as biodiversity corridors linking the protected areas should foster ecosystems and strengthen species who need more space and land to roam freely. Elephants, pangolins and tigers are among the staple species of this country, and they need safe corridors to stay away from livestock and villages. Forests currently cover 70.46% of the surface, making it the world’s only carbon-negative country in the world.

Bhutan has not waited for the Paris agreement to act on its own resilience. As it reaps the benefits of their country’s preparation works, no doubt that its approach will be emulated by other countries.

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DATA INSIGHTS

According to the World Bank classification, Bhutan is a lower-middle-income country. To understand Bhutan’s position in the fight against climate change, it is useful to observe its history of carbon emissions and exposure to climate risk. The following plots provide an overview of Bhutan’s historic greenhouse gas emissions in perspective with global emission levels, as well as the country’s relative vulnerability and preparedness to climate change.


Bhutan Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Bhutan’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

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Bhutan Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Bhutan’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

Bhutan Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Bhutan Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Bhutan’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

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Bhutan Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Bhutan’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

Bhutan Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)
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