Finally, the #TreeHuggerBhutan 2018 partners has selected 10 best entries under seven categories as the winning entries. Congratulations to all winners. More than 300 pictures were uploaded on Facebook for the competition from across the country with 14,500 likes. Participants also chose to upload on Twitter and Instagram.  

It was very tough to select the top ten pictures as participants has put lots of effort and creativity in submitting their entries. Thank you to all the participants, promotors and #TreeHuggerBhutan stewards.

The #TreeHuggerBhutan Campaign doesn’t end here, it has just begun. We encourage all citizens to keep on protecting trees and spread its conservation values. More trees, more happiness! The main purpose of this social media campaign is to celebrate biodiversity, create awareness among public on the importance of biodiversity and it values, create awareness on the importance of trees and forests and garner interest among citizens to care nature.

As per the National Forest Inventory Report, there are 816,524,026 trees in Bhutan’s forest. Which means, for every Bhutanese there are 1,179 trees. We must be thankful that our leaders and institutions has conserved our forests and natural environment thus far and it is our solemn duty to play our role to fulfill the constitutional mandate of 60% Forest for all times to come.

“Today, our Constitution mandates us to safeguard our environment, and we have managed to protect vast areas of land as national parks. But during the 1950’s, when conservation was not even a global issue, and we were inundated with advice to cash in on our forest resources, we chose to consider the future instead. We made strong laws to ensure that we would be able to pass on our wealth of natural resources to the future generations”. – His Majesty the King of Bhutan (English Translation of His Majesty’s Address at the 2018 National Graduates’ Orientation Program on August 17, 2018).

Ms. Phub Dem won the Viewers’ Choice Tree Hugger (maximum likes), Mr. Thukjey Nidup for the Funniest Tree Hugger and Rinchen Zangmo Youngest Tree Hugger. Winners are getting attractive gift hampers contributed by partners. To see more on the winning pictures (list below) and other tree huggers please see the video. Also enjoy our collection of trees from across the country in the slide video.

Did you hug a tree yet!

Thank you!

#TreeHuggerBhutan 2018 partners  (as listed below): Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation , Royal Society for Protection of Nature, National Environment Commission, National Biodiversity Center, WWF Bhutan Program, Department of Forest and Park Services, UNDP, GEF-Small Grants Programme

*The prize composition varies for different age groups.


Prize winners:

Best Tree Hugger: Gyem Tshering

Largest Tree Hugger: Gagan Lama and Ugyen Lhendup

Innovative Tree Hugger: Rinzin Lhendup and Kinlay Dorji

Funniest Tree Hugger: Thukjey Nidup

Youngest Tree Hugger: Dechencholing Childhood Care and Development Center and Karsang Ugyen

Oldest Tree Hugger: Chatra Pati Monger

Viewers’ Choice : Phub Dem

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