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Bhutan is a leader in conserving landscapes. With 48% of the country formally protected, and another 9% of corridors connecting these areas, Bhutan is on the cusp of Half, demonstrating that a country need not be economically developed to cultivate a healthy relationship with nature that also benefits human communities.

High mountain pass in Bhutan. Photo by Simon Matzinger.

Bhutan's Ecology

Bhutan is a leading innovator of social, economic, and environmental policy. Famous for its “Gross National Happiness” index, Bhutan has also proactively protected nearly half the country with a clear understanding that conserving nature sustains human communities. Home to the iconic and elusive snow leopard, Bhutan’s ecology is critical habitat for some of Earth’s rarest and most beautiful wildlife.

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.

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Bhutan eco region Phrumsengla National Park
Phrumsengla National Park

Hornbills! Phrumsengla is an ecological fortress protecting extraordinary wildlife some of the world’s most beautiful hornbill species.

Jigma Dorji National Park, Bhutan. Photo by Andrew Grandson.
Jigma Dorji National Park

Bhutan’s second largest national park is the refuge for 37 known endangered, threatened, or vulnerable species, including the snow leopard and clouded leopard.

Golden Langur in Royal Manas, Bhutan. Photo courtesy of the Creative Commons.
Royal Manas National Park

The oldest national park in Bhutan is also considered to be a “genetic depository” for valuable plants used in food, medicine, commerce, and religious rituals.

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