The protection and preservation of our pristine environment is another key pillar in the pursuit of Gross National Happiness. The recent National Forest Inventory verifies that our forest cover stands at 71% today, 11% more than the constitutional requirement. This remarkable figure translates to 816 million trees with an additional 67,000 acres having been reforested in the past five years. Inventories of important animals were also conducted which showed the presence of 96 snow leopards and 103 tigers.
The PDP government approved and adopted more than 12 environment-related policies and strategies in the 11th Plan. Furthermore, we also initiated the following in the past five years to complement efforts in conserving and protecting the environment:
- Provide 100% electricity coverage for all households.
- Provision of 100 units of free electricity to rural households.
- Rural LPG scheme initiated in eight dzongkhags covering 82 rural gewogs in early 2018.
- Green Bhutan Corporation Limited launched in 2017 with the mandate to undertake landscaping, urban greening, plantation and floriculture and tree plantation done throughout the country through Green Bhutan Program