Tourism as the fastest growing industry has touched every part of the globe, and the HIMALAYA is no exception. The HIMALAYA get visitors in such volume that in several places, roads and campsites have become part of the landscape, wildlife has been chased away into areas from their natural habitat and the food-chain and ecosystem have been seriously disrupted.
Endeavour to keep Ladakh clean
Whoever thought that the mighty mountains that form formidable frontiers would need protection? Trekking and Mountaineering Associations, Nature Conservationists and Tourism Boards need to regularly hold workshops, training programs, clean-up drives.
We TSOMORI TOURS & TRAVELS feel a responsibility own our part to help people in educating about ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION. It is the responsibility of the tourists and those who promote tourism to ensure the preservation of natural environment and ancient culture by following certain guide lines. At least try..
Whoever thought that the mighty mountains that form formidable
frontiers would need protection? Now sustainable development
and carrying capacity are some of the buzzwords doing the
rounds in politically correct circles; and a substantial
amount of funds and manpower is being made available for
preserving the environment as a heritage for the future.
Trekking and Mountaineering Associations, Nature Conservationists and Tourism Boards need to regularly hold workshops, training programs, clean-up drives.
The aims must be to:-
Leave the plastic and foil culture at home - wrap your food and toilet accessories in biodegradable packing and take any non-biodegradable rubbish back with you.
Provide training and awareness in conservation and techniques for field and office staff of the trekking agencies.
Burn all paper, like toilet paper, cigarette butts, non-plastic products. Do not use detergents and strong chemicals.
Familiarize participants with cultural and natural heritage and its relation to the trekking business.
Avoid buying water in disposable bottles. If you must, please do not throw it away, dispose it in a dustbin.
It's better if you carry your own water bottle and refill it from a safe source, as it would help protect the environment and you'll save some money too.
Help Co-ordinate trekking staff and local community people, especially from the trekking regions and promote environmentally friendly trekking.
Toilet trenches should be dug and ensure all faeces are buried under the soil at least 50m away from any water sources.
Set a good example by clearing away the existing rubbish.
Giving away sweets and pens encourages begging in the village children. Play games or share your meal with them.
Human needs have to be balance with the environment on a sustainable basis by ensuring maximum community participation through a process which people are both the principal actors and beneficiaries. Tourists themselves also have to be educated on what effect they have on the place they have chosen to visit and this is no mean task.
The impact of climate change makes it even more urgent to
initiate an integrated approach to protect and conserve these
highly fragile ecosystems. In Ladakh, India; WWF aimed to
establish a model field project in this region to get
experience in this sparsely populated area. Ladakh-part of the
state of Jammu and Kashmir-is about 98,000 km2 in size, with
unique spaces and species, and is one of the several Tibetan
Plateau eco-regions among WWF's "The Global 200". It is home
to about 700 plant species, 285 of which are used in
traditional Tibetan medicine. The most spectacular of the
endangered mammals here is the snow leopard. About 225 species
of birds have been identified in the region. WWF recently
recorded 15 breeding pairs of black-necked cranes around
wetlands. Threats to these ecosystems include tourism,
excessive grazing, poorly planned development activities, and
activities related to security forces. WWF is currently
concentrating on the Changthang subdivision, which is about
The project in the Ladakh region is now well established, with a good institutional base at Leh and a field office at the Tso Moriri lake. Involvement of stakeholders the main approach of the project is to involve all stakeholders: the local community, religious leaders, security forces, political leaders, the tourism industry, state government institutions, etc. WWF is facilitating this process by bringing all these stakeholders together to engage in dialogue and take appropriate steps-from simple site-based interventions to policy-level changes-to conserve and protect these unique sites.