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Kangchenjunga Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative
Kailash Hall, ICIMOD, Kathmandu
27 September 2022
Anu Kumari Lama
Organisers: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), and Community Homestay Network (CHN)
On World Tourism Day, we are organising a symposium in collaboration with the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), and Community Homestay Network (CHN). The symposium aims to highlight the sustainability of tourism in mountain regions as a critical contributor to the Sustainable Development Goals and climate action agendas, and innovative solutions as an important lever in building the resilience of mountain destinations, businesses, and services in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region.
Sustainable tourism has great potential to bring about transformative change in the HKH region. It is an important driver of socio-economic development through job creation, service export, investment, destination development, and marketing and promotion. Sustainable tourism provides inclusive spaces with huge opportunities for women and youth, thereby stemming outmigration, generating local jobs, and supporting small businesses and services. Sustainable tourism is therefore a sustainable development agenda, the means, and end of which, are its people.
However, mountain destinations and their people are facing multiple crises arising from climate change and the recent COVID-19 pandemic. The Global Risk Report 2022 ranks ‘climate action failure’ as the number one long-term threat with severe impacts over the next decade. The pandemic has exacerbated the issues further, as the impacts were widely felt in the tourism sector and its supply chains, bringing mountain economies to a standstill. The impacts of such crises were disproportionately felt by mountain tourism stakeholders – small businesses (MSMEs) and frontline workers, particularly women and youth.
Given this context, the future of sustainable tourism lies in the ability of the HKH countries and tourism stakeholders to innovate and think about a range of solutions, co-designed and co-developed through reconsidering and reengineering development and business approaches, and developing action plans that contribute to green, inclusive, and resilience building pathways.
27 September 2022; 09:00–13:30 (NPT)
ICIMOD’s experience of responding to climate change impacts in the HKH region: Science and society interface – Arun Bhakta Shrestha, Regional Programme Manager, River Basins and Cryosphere, ICIMOD
Nepal Mountaineering Association’s effort in sustainable mountain tourism in Nepal – Nima Nuru Sherpa, President, Nepal Mountaineering Association
ICIMOD’s effort in sustainable mountain tourism in the Hindu Kush Himalaya – Anu Kumari Lama, Tourism Specialist, ICIMOD
Community Homestay Network, Nepal:
Beta Park Pvt., Ltd, Bhutan:
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