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Research, Policy and Practice

Table 2 Perceived social effects of RHF in Laya

From: Setting the mountain ablaze? The Royal Highland Festival in Bhutan from the semi-nomads’ perspective

Social variable Respondents (%)
Yes No Do not know
Community impacts of RHF
 • The conduct of RHF has improved over the years. 77.3 16.7 6.00
 • RHF has strengthened community vitality. 93.9 0.00 6.10
 • RHF has improved the networking with ex- and in-country yak herders. 77.3 1.50 21.2
Livestock impacts of RHF
 • RHF encourages to produce more yak products. 39.4 12.1 48.5
 • I want to diversify livestock products and handicraft for RHF. 69.7 6.10 24.2
 •Livestock activities are adequate in RHF. 48.6 16.9 34.5
 •Animal shows were beneficial. 48.4 21.7 29.9
 •RHF will help to improve yak and livestock breeds. 65.2 1.50 33.3
Environmental impacts of RHF
 • RHF is important to yak herding. 97.0 1.50 1.50
 • RHF harms grazing resources. 9.10 53.0 37.9
 • RHF harms the environment. 4.50 60.6 34.8
 • Waste management is a concern in RHF. 53.0 4.50 42.4
RHF in future
 • It is important to organize a similar festival in other parts of Bhutan. 83.1 1.53 15.4
 • RHF is encouraging the young generation to take up yak farming. 82.0 0.00 18.0
 • RHF will meet its objectives. 84.0 0.00 16.0