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  • Kathmandu Valley Cultural Trail
    Better Environment for Better Tourism
    Panu KönönenSuomen Latu
    16.9.2010
  • Today’s Agenda
    Suomen Latu in Brief
    Project: KTM Valley Cultural Trail
    Development
    Lessons learned
    Discussion
    4.11.2010
  • Suomen Latu in Brief
    4.11.2010
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    Suomen Latu, in which Latu (Latu is track in English) stands for promotion of cross country skiing activities and paving the way for all national sports without the aspect of competition.
  • 72-year old NGO
    Central Association for Recreational Sports and Outdoor Activities in Finland
    Suomen Latu is an umbrella organization of outdoor activities, hiking and health beneficial exercise
    Suomen Latu was founded in 1948
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  • We promote
    Preserving everyman’s right
    Promoting outdoor and health-promoting exercise
    Making outdoor activities and exercise more accessible
    Maintaining the quantity and quality of hiking routes and walkways
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    X-country skiing
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    Water sports
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    Geocaching
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    Nordic Walking
  • We are...
    Over 77 000 members and 224 member associations all over Finland
    Staff of around 50
    Office is located in Helsinki
    Resort in Lapland, Suomen Latu Kiilopää, www.kiilopaa.fi
    Outdoor Center in Espoo, Suomen Latu Oittaa
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  • Outdoor Center
    One of the best recreational centers in Southern Finland
    Different outdoor activities, swimming, skiing, Skike etc.
    Trekking equipment rentals
    Restaurant
    Manor house for meetings, wedding parties etc
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  • Resort and Fell Centre
    Fell Centre Kiilopää is located in the southern part of the Municipality of Inari, at the foot of the Kiilopää and Ahopää hills and right by the Urho Kekkonen National Park.
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  • Lapland Calling
    Kiilopää was founded in 1964
    Over 200 beds
    2 Restaurants
    Guide services
    www.kiilopaa.fi
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  • Global activities
    Suomen Latu works locally, nationally, and, since 1997, globally
    Suomen Latu carried out a development co-operation project in Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania 1997-2001
    During the projectin Kilimanjaro National Park a trekking trail with facilities was constructed to the peak of the Mount Kilimanjaro
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  • Suomen Latu in Nepal
    Since 2006 Suomen Latu has worked with Nepalese NGO, NETIF, Nepal Environment & Tourism Initiative Foundation (NETIF)
    NETIF’s mission statement “Environmental tourism for better economy”
    www.netif-nepal.org
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  • Project: KTM Valley Cultural Trail
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  • Facts about Nepal
    Population: 28,5 million
    GDP US $ 1200 per capita
    Population below poverty line: 24,7 %
    Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy (livelihood for three-fourths of the population)
    Unemployment rate: 46 % (2008)
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  • Tourism in Nepal
    Modern tourism started in 1951
    Tourism is one of the most important branches of business in Nepal:
    The highest Forex earning industry, employing around 500.000
    BUT:
    Contributes only 3 % of GDP, revenue US $ 162,8 million
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  • Tourism in Nepal, 2
    STILL:
    “tourism appears to be one of the few economic sectors able to guide a number of developing countries to higher levels of prosperity and for some to leave behind their least-developed country status”. TIES
    Nepalese government is placing high priority on the tourism sector in its new economic development policy, e.g. Nepal Tourism Year 2011
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  • Tourist Arrivals
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    Environmental conservation is a crucial part of tourism development. Many tourism products in Nepal depend upon natural and cultural resources.
    Nepal’s Experience Implementing Sustainable Tourism Development Models (2007)
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    Wanna see the Everest?
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    Attractive?
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    Holy river...
  • Environmental Issues
    • The key environmental issues: air quality, settlement pattern, drinking water, waste management and natural disaster
    • Only 75 % of the solid waste generated in municipalities of Kathmandu valley is collected
    • Urban waste management is unsatisfactory
    • Even rural areas face solid waste problem
    Kathmandu Valley Environment Outlook (2007)
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    Lack of environmental consideration in tourism sector and communities
    Lack of community involvment in tourism
    Less people benefitting from tourism
    Problem 1
    Problem Analysis
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    Lack of environmental consideration in tourism sector and communities
    Lack of community involvement in tourism
    Problem 1
    Problem 2
    Problem Analysis
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    Lack of environmental consideration in tourism sector and communities
    Lack of community involvement in tourism
    Less people benefitting from tourism
    Problem 1
    Problem 2
    Problem 3
    Problem Analysis
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    Since Nepal started planned development in 1955 tourism has always been its integral part. From just 6179 tourists in 1962… today the industry hosts nearly 400,000.
    Nepalese Tourism: The Challenges (2007), Raman Grandon
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    Objectives
  • Tourism & Environment Development Project
    More people in rural and semi-rural communities of KTM Valley can benefit from tourism by...
    developing community-based tourism through trekking trail development
    trainings in product development
    promotional activities
    establishing linkages between private sector and communities
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    Ecotourism?
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    Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.
    The International Ecotourism Society, 1990
  • Sustanaible Tourism
    Low impact on the environment and local culture
    Generates future employment for local people
    Protection of environment, local culture, waste minimization
    Responsible tourists support sustainable tourism (businesses)
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  • Community-based Tourism
    Full participation of a local community in the planning and management of tourism enterprise
    Full local ownership of tourism enterprise
    Tourism product is based on local cultural, social or environmental assets
    E.g. Home-stay program
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  • The Project Area
    Sundarijal
    Chisapani
    Nagarkot
    Dhulikhel
    Panauti
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    Sundarijal
    KTM Valley Cultural Trail
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  • From Water Shed to National Park
    The starting point in Sundarijal is in 1460 meters
    The highest spot on the trail, BorlangBhangjang (2420 m)
    Water shed for KTM
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  • Shivapuri National Park
    One of the nine national parks in Nepal
    Founded in 2002 to protect valley’s water resources
    Home for 177 species of birds, orchids, and even leopards and bears
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  • Home of Tamang Tribe
    • National Park accommodates several villages
    • Mulkharkha is a traditional Tamang village
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    Chisapani
    KTM Valley Cultural Trail
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  • Himalayan Views
    The first trekking day ends in Chisapani after 16-kilometer walk
    On the left hand side you’ll see the Annapurna massive, on the right hand side dozens of other Himalayan peaks
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    Nagarkot
    KTM Valley Cultural Trail
  • Famous Hill Stations
    Nagarkot is a touristy hill station in 2175 m
    The most popular place for mountain watching
    The best season: from October to March
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    Dhulikhel
    KTM Valley Cultural Trail
  • A Real Newari Town
    Dhulikhel, an authentic Newari town and the next best place for mountain watching
    Suomen Latu’s partner Organization NETIF is Dhulikhel based
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  • Pilgrimage
    Namobuddha and Panauti offer opportunities for pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists
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    Namobuddha
    KTM Valley Cultural Trail
  • Eaten by a Tiger
    Namobuddha, a popular destination for Tibetan pilgrims
    According to the legend, Buddha saw a starving tiger family there and in his compassion offered himself for them to be consumed
    A stupa, a Buddhist sanctuary, was built to mark the legend
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    Panauti
    KTM Valley Cultural Trail
  • Temples of Panauti
    One of the oldest temples in Nepal: IndreshwarMahadev from the end of the 13th century
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    So, what have you done?
  • Development
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  • Some Figures First
    3-year project (2008-2010)
    Total budget around 250 000 €
    9 full-time workers, ~100 part-time workers
    Partly supported by official development aid from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
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  • 8 Shelters for Trekkers
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  • 150 Signs and Signboards
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  • 10 Incinerators, 210 Waste Rings
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  • Trail Upgrading
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  • 2 Community Centers Constructed
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  • Other Small Scale Infrastucture
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  • Capacity Building
    25 women trained in Corn Husk Doll production
    27 women trained in Doll Making from waste clothes
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  • Capacity Building 2
    28 villagers trained in mushroom production
    36 villagers trained in Basic vegetable production and marketing
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  • Capacity Building 3
    38 people trained in Small Hotel and Lodge management
    28 people from Dalit communities trained in Cultural Program Performance
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  • Guide training
    Local guide training in Dhulikhel
    31 guides were trained
    Dhulikhel Guide Association was formed
    Associaton offers services for hotels and independent travellers
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  • Networking, Promoting
    Workshops
    FAM-trips
    Website:
    www.netif-nepal.org
    Booklets
    Maps
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  • Increased Environmental Awareness and Waste Minimization
  • Infrastructure Development = Job Opportunities
  • New Skills = Micro Enterprise Development
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    www.kaukoretket.fi
  • Lessons Learned
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    Do you know her?
  • Know Your ”Clients”
    Identify their real needs
    Listen to them, they are the experts
    Plan the project activities together
    Try to lower the hierarchy
    Interaction is needed at every stage
    Human to human, be yourself, be real
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  • Community Participation
    Remember the project cycle!
    Sustainability: Who has the ownership of the project?
    Does the project mobilize locals or local institutions?
    Capacity building of local communities
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  • Thank You for Your Attention!
    www.suomenlatu.fi/nepal
    www.netif-nepal.org