17 November 2010
Talking climate change in Everest's shadow
Workshop attendees in Kathmandu.
Associate Professor Prem Chhetri and Dr Carolina Roman from RMIT University have recently conducted a workshop on climate change and tourism in Kathmandu, Nepal.
"The workshop ascertained the risks and opportunities for tourism development against the backdrop of various climate change scenarios," Associate Professor Chhetri, from the School of Business IT and Logistics, said.
"The purpose was to evaluate tourism as an adaptation strategy to climate change to promote community-based sustainable development approaches that empower local communities, promote gender equity, and improve people's livelihoods."
The workshop included participants from Nepalese Government departments (the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, National Tourism board), NGOs and local industries.
It was followed by a field trip to Humla, in north-west Nepal.
The workshop was part of the Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation Initiative, which aims to initiate the development of a transboundary conservation strategy leading up to a regional cooperation framework, through the coordinated efforts of national partners from China, India and Nepal.
This would take place with technical support from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and the United Nations Environment Programme, and with financial support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit.
Associate Professor Darryn McEvoy from the Climate Change Adaptation Program within the Global Cities Research Institute is the lead researcher.