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Adventure Tourism in Uttarakhand- Dealing with Climate Change(A Case Study)

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Adventure Tourism in Uttarakhand- Dealing with Climate Change(A Case Study)

  1. 1. Adventure Tourism in Uttarakhand- Dealing with Climate Change (A Case Study on Snow Leopard Adventures P. Ltd.)
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Adventure in the Himalayas, though a way of life for the native, was laid bare principally by the British and other European explorers. </li></ul><ul><li>The boom leading to the present scenario of adventure tourism in Uttarakhand is hardly a couple of decades old. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Impacts of Climate Change <ul><li>Wildlife </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer sightings. </li></ul><ul><li>Getting scrunched between two extreme alpine weather conditions as winters become cooler and summers become hotter. </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Consumption and Resource Utilization </li></ul><ul><li>Wood and coal used for heating water, air quality around the campsite suffers; temperature rise. </li></ul><ul><li>Water scarcity. </li></ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Stormy conditions observed around April (previously May). </li></ul><ul><li>Vegetation patterns changing. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Business Numbers <ul><li>Rafting is allowed between September- June. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no air conditioning at the campsites. </li></ul><ul><li>We consider only the first half of the year. </li></ul>
  5. 7. Coping Up <ul><li>Water based activities are conducted during the afternoons. </li></ul><ul><li>Conferences/ seminars etc. are conducted indoors. </li></ul><ul><li>Heavy tree plantation to mitigate the dust due to the ongoing construction of the Badrinath highway ( incidentally, bird watching came up as an interesting by product ). </li></ul>
  6. 8. Tourist Education <ul><li>Briefings with emphasis upon recycling and reusing. </li></ul><ul><li>Tree plantation. </li></ul><ul><li>Environment modules during summer camps and school trips. </li></ul>
  7. 9. Evolution of Tours <ul><li>Concepts of geotourism and voluntourism to be brought out of their academic abstractions. </li></ul><ul><li>Before any activity, the tourist has to be made aware of the changes he/ she would cause. </li></ul><ul><li>Renewable energy; composting. </li></ul>
  8. 10. Take nothing but photographs Leave nothing but footprints Kill nothing but time… Parth Joshi [email_address]

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