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Bhutan has one of the most unspoiled environments and landscapes in Asia. However, the high population growth rate, urbanization, and overwhelming population density have left Bhutan vulnerable to the devastating effects of climate change.1 Over time, the usage of land and irrigation systems have increased the need for water, while water availability has decreased.2 Moreover, it has been very difficult for the government to develop a climate change mitigation plan since the country encompasses so many different variations of topography.3 In recent years, there have been an increase in flash floods, as well as outbreaks in malaria and dengue fever.4

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1 http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/napa/btn01.pdf
2 Ibid
3 Ibid
4 http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/how-bhutan-grappling-climate-change
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Bhutan News

Northumberland News 
BHUTAN — Famed for it's policy of gross national happiness, the tiny Himalayan country Bhutan had long been on my bucket list. I finally made a visit to the landlocked country this March, joining a photography tour led by photographer Alison Wright ... See more..
The Tribune 
“Having a large hydro-base with ample surplus power, Himachal, which has a topography like Bhutan, could consider switching over to electric transport,” said Amit Kumar, Senior Director (Social Transformation) at The Energy Resource Institute (TERI). See more..
Dhaka Tribune 
Hasina will hold meetings with Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and discuss bilateral and regional issues, a Foreign Ministry official said. The prime minister's visit will have a focus on cooperation in ... See more..
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Chicago Tribune 
Not as well known is Bhutan, which limits tourism to lessen the impact on the tiny country that's only slightly larger than Massachusetts. An 11-day/10-night tour from Myths and Mountains in late September explores the Himalayan kingdom sandwiched ... See more..
Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper 
Bhutan observed International Day of Happiness (IDH) yesterday with the lighting of a thousand butter lamps at the National Memorial choeten, according to a ... See more..
Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper 
According to a press release from UNDP, Bhutan's Human Development Index (HDI) has increased by six percent anchored by a 17.4 percent increase in life expectancy at birth, mean years of schooling by 0.8 years and expected years of schooling by 7.1 ... See more..
Muscat Daily 
“Following the sad news that we received late on Wednesday night, coach Verbeek will not be able to be lead the team against Bhutan.” Verbeek had taken up the Oman job in the first week of January and the Bhutan match would have been his first official ... See more..
VOGUE India 
Why Bhutan? I was asked several times when I zeroed in on this quiet, mountainous destination for my 40th birthday bash. I wanted to bring in the day away from home, but I didn't want it to be a typical party that was all about popping champagne. I ... See more..
Stuff.co.nz 
Bhutan is no ordinary place. It is the last great Himalayan kingdom, shrouded in mystery and magic, where a traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces ... See more..
The Daily Star 
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit Bhutan in the second half of April (18-20) to attend an inter-national conference on autism and hold bilateral meetings with the country's top leadership on the sideline. She will hold meetings with Bhutan's King ... See more..
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Geography

Southern Asia, between China and India
Area

Total 38,394 sq km
Land 38,394 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

varies; tropical in southern plains; cool winters and hot summers in central valleys; severe winters and cool summers in Himalayas ;
Natural Resources

timber, hydropower, gypsum, calcium carbonate ;
Natural Hazards

violent storms from the Himalayas are the source of the country's name, which translates as Land of the Thunder Dragon; frequent landslides during the rainy season
Current Environmental Issues

soil erosion; limited access to potable water ;

Demographics

Nationality
Bhutanese
Population
725,296 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Bhutan's economy, small and less developed, is based on agriculture and forestry, which provide the main livelihood for more than 40% of the population. Agriculture consists largely of subsistence farming and animal husbandry. Rugged mountains dominate the terrain and make the building of roads and other infrastructure difficult and expensive. The economy is closely aligned with India's through strong trade and monetary links and is dependent on India's financial assistance. The industrial sector is technologically backward with most production of the cottage industry type. Most development projects, such as road construction, rely on Indian migrant labor. Model education, social, and ...See More environment programs are underway with support from multilateral development organizations. Each economic program takes into account the government''s desire to protect the country's environment and cultural traditions. For example, the government, in its cautious expansion of the tourist sector, encourages visits by upscale, environmentally conscientious tourists. Complicated controls and uncertain policies in areas such as industrial licensing, trade, labor, and finance continue to hamper foreign investment. The import of equipment and fuel to build hydropower plants is leading to large trade and current account deficits, though new hydropower projects and electricity exports to India are creating employment and will probably sustain growth in the coming years. GDP has rebounded strongly since the global recession began in 2008. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$5.036 billion (2012 est.); $4.591 billion (2011 est.); $4.23 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

rice, corn, root crops, citrus; dairy products, eggs
Industries

cement, wood products, processed fruits, alcoholic beverages, calcium carbide, tourism