Bhutan fights back against water crisis

Schoolgirls fetching water in Bhutan

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Bhutan, lying at the foot of the Himalayas, has towering snow-capped mountains in the north and lush rainforest in its southern lowlands.

More than two-thirds of the small country's land area is forest and environmental protection is an important pillar in Bhutan's development goals. 

Yet it is increasingly struggling with the consequences of the climate crisis: glaciers are melting, monsoon rains are irregular, and floods and droughts threaten agriculture and forestry. At the same time, human-animal conflicts are on the rise: tigers and elephants come close to villages and fields, and poaching in national parks poses challenges for forestry authorities and farmers. 

A film by Detlef Urban

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Language
German

Length
6:35

Date of publication
2022

Country
Bhutan

Project

Living Landscapes - Securing ecological connectivity of high conservation value areas in Bhutan

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