Bhutan: A Carbon Negative Country
It is no coincidence that Bhutan, a carbon-negative country, is also the greenest country in the world with 70% of its land under forest cover. According to the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) 2018 report, Bhutan’s net carbon emission is 2.2 million tons per year, but due to its heavy forest cover, it absorbs three times the amount of carbon dioxide it produces, which makes it a carbon sink. The country has planned its forest cover and infrastructure in such a way that all the wildlife can roam safely and freely throughout the country. Bhutan has established itself as a nation based on these four pillars: environmental protection, culture preservation, sustainable socio-economic development and good governance. The country’s constitution is solely formed around sustainable development as it demands that at least 60% of the total land of Bhutan should be under forest cover all the time. Bhutan charges every visitor $65 to contribute to sustainable development. With rampant deforestation and rising temperatures all over the globe, Bhutan sets an example for the world to learn from!