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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting Guardian piece from a while back on the supposed impacts of the introduction of television into the country:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2003/jun/14/weekend7.weekend2
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In order to develop baseline standards for the GNH indicators, Bhutan has been developing and carrying out surveys since 2005. The surveys are based off the nine domains identified to reflect the mission of GNH: psychological wellbeing, health, education, time use, good governance, cultural diversity and resilience, community vitality, ecological diversity and resilience, and living standards.

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Having constitutionally adopted the tenet of Gross National Happiness, Bhutan now incorporates GNH into its planning and policymaking processes. For example, Bhutans public education system has embraced the principles of GNH, particularly environmental conservation and sustainable living. Since 2009 the Green Schools for Green Bhutan program has been attempting to instill a conservation ethic into the nations children. Additionally, through the Gross National Happiness Commission, policies and their implementation are evaluated in terms of the GNH framework, and Bhutans Economic Development Policy, enacted in 2010, emphasizes the promotion of a sustainable economy guided by GNH.


Bhutan's happiness paradigm from WorldWatch.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll soon be able to take a virtual trip around Bhutan.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, and apparently it's pretty easy for them to go organic anyway. See here. Some people might find the link on that page to non-Monsanto companies useful.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

emordnilap wrote:
You'll soon be able to take a virtual trip around Bhutan.


Google may have have their camera mounted on a handcart.
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Not all is rosy in Bhutan, if the media are to be believed. See here.
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

emordnilap wrote:
Not all is rosy in Bhutan, if the media are to be believed. See here.
It just seems to me like Bhutan is insisting that they keep their cultural identity and that some Nepalese immigrants are not happy about that. Which is pretty unfortunate if they are second or third generation immigrants. Nonetheless, I can still sympathise with Bhutan's position.
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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emordnilap wrote:
Not all is rosy in Bhutan, if the media are to be believed. See here.
It just seems to me like Bhutan is insisting that they keep their cultural identity and that some Nepalese immigrants are not happy about that. Which is pretty unfortunate if they are second or third generation immigrants. Nonetheless, I can still sympathise with Bhutan's position.


Obviously, one should question everything, particularly on the web. But, on the face of it, does it mean a similar rule in England would be a Morris dancer's get-up? Laughing

And if Bhutan says they were illegal immigrants, why can't they stay in Nepal? TLI (too little information) here and very little on the web about these 100,000 (!) people. Some are coming to Britain, according to the article.
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Nice story here from Bhutan.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Short video entitled A Quest for Happiness
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Bhutan's challenges with climate upheaval.

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The change in rainfall, as well as the decline of glaciers, has been confirmed by data research done over the past 10 to 12 years, according to Chhimi Dorji of the government's Snow and Glacier Division.

Ganesh Pradhan, right and Zangmo at the early warning control room
"Glacier coverage in Bhutan is decreasing, the maximum temperature is increasing, and there is a decrease in precipitation," she said. "But the volume of water in the rivers is increasing over the years. It's probably because of those glacier melts, that the discharge is increasing even when the actual rainfall is decreasing."

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Bhutan hoping to replace the nation's cars with electric vehicles.
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Bhutan hoping to replace the nation's cars with electric vehicles.


Nissan To Work With Bhutan Toward 'Electric-Car Nation' Goal

It makes sense: 97% of Bhutan's electricity is from hydro. Whether this will remain so if more Bhutanese buy cars is another matter; Bhutan exports some of its electricity during the summer but presumably this helps the balance of payments.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Organic France? Well, no, but it's a step in the Bhutanese direction: http://www.panna.org/blog/sweeping-bans-pesticide-use-france
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Organic France? Well, no, but it's a step in the Bhutanese direction: http://www.panna.org/blog/sweeping-bans-pesticide-use-france


Excellent start, though pesticide use on agri-food is the biggest problem.
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