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Women in Bhutan have equal status to men not only in the eye of the law but also in the home. 70% of the land is owned by women, due to the country’s matrilineal inheritance system.
In World Bank’s Challenges and Opportunities for Private Sector Development, firms say that although land is not always easy to obtain in Bhutan, access to land is not a major issue. Rather, shortages of skilled labor, bureaucratic burdens, costly and unreliable transport are some of the major complains of the firms.
The Government has declared its firm intention to maintain a 60% forest cover and 26% in the form of protected areas, even at the cost of economic opportunities foregone.