Nepal plans to add tourism activities in protected parks

 Monday, June 10, 2019 

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The Nepal government has plans to introduce tourism activities inside protected parks of the country for revenue generation. However, the conservationists believe that such interventions could cause massive degradation of biodiversity.

 

 

 

The government has drafted a new working procedure with a view to promoting and regulating tourism inside all the protected areas of the country. The working procedure provided guidelines on how tourism entrepreneurs could operate inside the park.

 

 

 

National parks cannot sustain with what they earn, especially in countries like Nepal where the government has a list of priorities other than conservation.

 

 

 

 

National parks cannot sustain with what they earn. Therefore, protected areas should develop some mechanisms to earn revenues without much negative impact on their resources and wildlife.

 

 

Nepal’s protected areas with coverage of over 3.4 million hectares of forest are also home to rich biodiversity and a source of environmental services. These conservation areas also shelter valuable wildlife like tigers, one-horned rhinos, elephants, hundreds of mammals and birds species.

 

 

 

After the new provision sets standards for the operation of tourism activities inside the park, the erstwhile working procedure for Langtang and Sagarmatha will be scrapped.

 

 

 

The country wants to capitalise on its available natural resources to generate income for the country.

 

 

Even if the proposal is passed by the government, not everyone will get permission to run their business. All the conservation laws and mitigation measures will be duly enforced.

 

 

 

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