Sustainable tourism is a great concern to Nepal and there are some organisations leading the way to promote and conserve this beautiful country with the aim of welcoming tourists and educating them on sustainable tourism choices. A variety of projects initiated by these organisations are already taking place.
Our objective is to help those NGOs & INGOs which work to achieve balance between the environment conservation and socio-economic development, through people’s participation.
ANNAPURNA CONSERVATION AREA PROJECT(ACAP)
The ACAP is established as one of Nepal’s leading eco-tourism non-government organisations, implemented by the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC).It was first launched in 1986 and can boast on being the first conservational area and largest protected area in Nepal, covering an area of 7,629km2. Its goal: "To achieve sustained balance between nature conservation and socio-economic improvement in the Annapurna Conservation Area thereby assist National Trust for Nature Conservation in achieving its goal."
OBJECTIVES OF THE ANNAPURNA CONSERVATION AREA PROJECT
THE SITUATION IN ANNAPURNA CONSERVATIONAL AREA
The land is fragile as its diversity and resources are out under great pressure due to the population growth, poverty and tourism.
The ACAP collects the entry fees from trekkers and redistributes a significant proportion of this revenue back into the community to carry out the conservation and development activities.
The National Trust for Nature Conservation is an organisation which works at exploring the potentials in the Annapurna Conservation Area and minimise the threat of tourism for the prospects of the ACA for years to come.
KATHMANDU ENVIRONMENTAL EDUACTION PROJECT
KEEP is a non-profit, non-government organisation established in 1992, it also has links to organisations in Australia, Europe and the USA. Their mission is to ensure the future ecological prosperity of Nepal and its people by maximising the benefits and reducing the negative impacts associated with tourism. The activities of KEEP reflect their core mission and include the establishment of;
Porters play a vital role in making trekking easier for tourists. They are often poor and uneducated, making the journey into alpine regions in not much more then thin jumpers and sandals. This exposure to the elements results in many regularly falling ill. KEEP is now the voice of Nepali porters, holding workshops to educate all involved (tour companies, tourists and porters). Through the Porter’s Clothing Bank they are spreading the message and distributing the donated clothing to the porters. KEEP encourages tourists to donate and leave behind their suitable clothing to this cause; boots, jackets, gloves etc. are all appreciated. It is also worth considering the amounts they carry and sharing some of the load.
The maximum weight that a porter should be given has been fixed to 20kg now a days. Sherpa tours comply with this policy.
Sherpa Tours ensures that the porters working with us are looked after by providing them warm clothes, take out their insurance, pay them wages as per the suggestion by the porter welfare.
HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AS A TRAVELLER OF SHERPA TOURS
Sherpa Tours operates with sustainable tourism policies, for these sustainable tourism policies please refer to our policy section under ‘About Us’.
We expect our travellers to comply with our policies and contribute as a responsible traveller.
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