In November 2013 Jeroen and Nirmala were invited by the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) to participate in an international workshop in Chengdu, China.
Aims of the workshop was to bring together, for the first time, various tour operators and private sector stakeholders from both India, Nepal and China/ Tibet to discuss sustainable tourism and waste management practices in the Kailash region in Tibet, which is visited by thousands of Indian pilgrims each year and ths has to deal with a significant tourism impact.
During the 3-day workshop many group discussions and sessions took place, whereby operators and local stakeholders analyzed the current Tibetan tourism industry and its effects on the environment.
Humla is Nepal’s gateway to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar in Tibet, and both the Trust’s experience in tourism and development in this area, was useful to share with others.
We would be happy to assist ICIMOD in further efforts and like to thank them for this useful opportunity to contribute to preservation of this beautiful and sacred area.