Sunayana Basnet

22 Feb 2023 KSL
Reviving tourism in the Kailash landscape post COVID-19

Mt Kailash stands towering at 6,714 metres above sea level symbolising centuries of religion, devotion, culture, and tradition. Every year, thousands of pilgrims from all over the world visit and pay homage to this majestic peak and the Manasarovar Lake, which hold significance to Bon, Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain religions.

Strengthening biodiversity conservation

Our Landscape Initiative for the Far Eastern Himalaya (HI-LIFE) Initiative organised the second episode of the HI-LIFE webinar series, ‘Strengthening biodiversity conservation’. This episode focused on sharing policies, experiences, emerging issues, collaborative opportunities, research findings, new ideas and technologies, technical guidelines, and approaches to biodiversity conservation and protected area management, transboundary collaboration, and community conservation […]

22 Feb 2022 Livelihoods
Climate services for sustainable mountain tourism

Our mountains are under great pressure, especially from climate variability and change. As we dwell on the concept of sustainable mountain tourism, it is important to reflect on what sustainable tourism looks like for the mountain communities of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH), their economy, and the ecosystems they depend on. With climate change impacts […]

Localizing climate services for resilient tourism development in Chitwan

Despite growing global economic importance of the tourism sector and the multiple, complex interactions between climate and tourism, there have been very limited evaluations of the use of climate information or assessments of the climate-services needs within the tourism sector.Our Climate Services Initiative (CSI) has initiated a pilot project on tourism and climate services to […]

4 May 2021 KSL
From a gateway to a destination: Developing Namkha as a transboundary tourism hub

Namkha Rural Municipality is repositioning itself. Nestled in the remote Humla District of Nepal, the municipality borders the southern edge of China’s Pulan County. This makes it a popular gateway to the sacred Kailash-Mansarovar area in Pulan, where thousands make their pilgrimage every year. But communities in Namkha see their home as more than just […]

9 Apr 2019 Blog
Stepping together for a sustainable future

As I entered the conference hall on a cold December morning in Khalanga, Darchula, far-western Nepal, I noticed a group of men in conversation, laughing and drinking tea. In another corner of the room, four women were huddled up, quietly whispering to each other to avoid attracting any attention towards them – their demeanor in […]

29 Jan 2019 KSL
Communities across the Mahakali agree on the sustainable management of yartsa gunbu

The community-level cross-border declaration was signed by participants of a recent workshop held near the India–Nepal border in Darchula, Nepal, from 15 to 17 December 2018. The workshop – organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST) – brought together communities and local […]

10 Oct 2018 Blog
Dobato, Taking the Road Less Travelled

In Nepali, the word dobato means a point where two roads diverge. The village of Dobato in Ilam District, eastern Nepal, lies at a dobato, a junction at which human habitation intersects with forest. Situated at the Nepal-India border approximately 50 km north from the busy town of Ilam, Dobato is a settlement in the […]