Bhutan: The world’s first carbon negative country

Oct 24, 2017, 7:10 AM EDT
(Source: Inga Vitola/flickr)
(Source: Inga Vitola/flickr)

Bhutan, a tiny nation nestled in the eastern Himalayas, is the world’s first and only country that absorbs more carbon from the environment than it releases, presenting an exemplary model of balancing sustainable development, environmental protection and cultural preservation.

Bhutan currently soaks up six million tonnes of carbon every year against its 1.5 million tonnes emissions annually, writes Climate Action.

The country’s 72 percent forest cover along with judicious policies including controlled, low-impact tourism and banning of export of logging are the factors behind its emergence as a carbon sink, notes Green Matters