Tree Hugger Photo Competition Organised In Bhutan To Celebrate International Biodiversity Day
The categories are as follows: the Best Tree Hugger, Smallest Tree Hugger, Largest Tree Hugger, Oldest Tree Hugger, Innovative Tree Hugger and the Funniest Tree Hugger.
By Staff Reporter | Business Bhutan
In what seems to be the country’ biggest photo competition to date, the “Tree Hugger Bhutan Competition” saw more than 300 photo entries from all across the country.
The photo competition was launched this year to celebrate both the International Biodiversity Day and World Environment Day.
Source: UNDP Bhutan
The competition was organised by the UNDP in Bhutan in collaboration with the Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation, RSPN, the National Environment Commission, the National Biodiversity Center, WWF Bhutan Program, the Department of Forest and Park Services and UNDP’s GEF-Small Grants Programme.
Aims of the “Tree Hugger Bhutan Competition”
The main objective of the competition was to create awareness among the general public, especially among youth on the importance of the conservation of biodiversity and its values.
“The competition was also a social media campaign to remind society at large to support the conservation of forest resources and promote its protection through social media.”
Of the 300 photographs, ten best entries were selected as winners in seven different categories. The categories are as follows: Best Tree Hugger, Smallest Tree Hugger, Largest Tree Hugger, Oldest Tree Hugger, Innovative Tree Hugger and the Funniest Tree Hugger.
There is an additional Viewers’ Choice award which is given for the photo entry with the highest number of likes on Facebook.
Participants came from all walks of life and they include children as young as two years of age to the elderlies as old as 80.
The interesting logo created for the Tree Hugger Competition and what it represents
A special innovative logo was also created for the Tree Hugger Competition and the old tree on the logo represents sustainability.
The different colours seen on the leaves represent the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The four main branches represent the four pillars of Gross National Happiness and the two hands represent the human element.
Bhutan’s close relationship with its trees and pristine environment
The Resident Representative of UNDP in Bhutan, Gerald Daly said that Bhutan has a great history of connecting with trees and the environment.
Pristine forests of Bhutan
“Trees are the backbone of the environment,” he said. “There are about 816 million trees in Bhutan and there are 1,200 trees for every Bhutanese.”
He added that making a personal connection gives people the basis for action. Bhutan being one of the 10 global hotspots, is at the heart of responding to the Sustainable Development Goal 13 on Climate Action and 15 on Life on Land.
In 2016, Bhutan became the 30th country to join the UNDP’s Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN). It was designed to leverage resources for biodiversity conservation through long-term financial solutions in collaboration with stakeholders and global conservation partners.
This article first appeared in Business Bhutan and has been edited for the Bhutan Times.