World Environment Day 2017: Connecting people to nature

“Connecting people to nature”, the theme for World Environment Day 2017, encourages us to explore relationships between humans and nature, and understand the invaluable support nature lends to human well-being and prosperity. Every year, World Environment Day is marked on June 5 around the world to celebrate nature and its importance to human survival, and raise awareness on the importance of protecting and safeguarding it.

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Promoting eco tourism in Namobuddha

Namobuddha is a very beautiful and historic site on the outskirts of Kathmandu Valley which has still not been able to tap all of its potential. The place seated amidst beautiful nature with the scenic view of mountains all around and the historic gumba, which is believed to be the place where Lord Buddha died in the previous incarnation

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Birding in the Himalayas

Nepal is home to over 850 species of birds. As a result of diverse topography and climate, variety of habitats is available to our feathered friends. Nepal is home to over 8 percent of the world’s total bird population. Each place in Nepal has its own climatic condition, resulting to native flora and fauna. Because of the rich number of bird species found in Nepal, Nepal has been also regarded as a paradise for birdwatchers.

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Environmental Implication of Tourism

It might be easy to get carried along with exploitation, but we need to remember that the natural environment is what draws tourists to Nepal in the first place, and if it is ruined, we cannot have sustenance. The most challenging issue of present times is to meet the ever-growing demand of the ever-growing population with the limited resources we have, and same is with the tourism industry too.

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The Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

Sustainable tourism is the concept of only making a positive impact on the environment, society, and economy of the country or location the tourist is visiting. The UN points out that sustainable tourism can have a positive effect in developing countries by eradicating poverty, protecting the environment, and overall improving the quality of life.

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International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 kicks off

The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 was officially launched amidst an event at the International Tourism Fair FITUR, Spain, and has been planned to be followed by 12 months of global actions aimed at advancing sustainable tourism contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Changing Climate Patterns and the Himalayas

Many glaciers and mountains in the Himalayan region of Nepal feed major rivers downstream, and we can see direct impacts of climate change in this region, in the form of melting of snow caps, retreating glaciers, increased risks of Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs), increased tree line and diminishing biodiversity.

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