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Geographical Information System: As a Media Tool for Promoting Sustainable Development vis-à-vis Environmental Conservation

Thapa, Pankaj

In: Media and public culture: proceedings of the Second International Seminar on Bhutan Studies. Centre for Bhutan Studies, Thimphu 2007, pp. 439-458 . ISBN 99936-14-41-6

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Abstract

Environmental conservation and sustainable development has been a major aspect of the Five Year Plans in Bhutan, and are also important components of Gross National Happiness (GNH). The Kingdom of Bhutan has received international acclaim for its commitment to the maintenance of her biodiversity and places environmental conservation at the core of development strategy. The vision of happiness, peace and prosperity clearly states that the long commitment to the maintenance of biological diversity and productivity is rooted in the understanding of the importance of forest systems to the survival strategies of remote and isolated communities, beliefs and customs, and understanding of sustainable development. The dynamic leadership of His Majesty and the prevalence of strong traditional values have so far played a crucial role in the preservation of country’' rich biodiversity. However, with the ongoing process of decentralization, the responsibilities and powers to maintaining the ecological resources and the overall environment will be vested in local communities, and will also lead to grassroots level planning and management of the resources. A sound database and overall information about the location, quality, and quantity of the country's natural and human resources is therefore the prerequisite for the conservation of biodiversity and for planning for a sustainable future.

Document type: Book Section
Date Deposited: 15. April 2009
ISBN: 99936-14-41-6
Faculties / Institutes: Research Organisations / Academies > Centre for Bhutan Studies
DDC-classification: Earth sciences
Controlled Subjects: Bhutan, Geoinformationssystem, Nachhaltige Entwicklung
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung , Umweltveränderung, Bhutan , Geographical Information System , Sustainable Development , Environmental Change
Subject (classification): Economics
Geography and Country Studies
Countries/Regions: Bhutan

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