BTCA - SHA - GHNP Ecotourism


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Presentation given by Mr. Ankit Sood to World Heritage Site Team showing the public, private, community partnership model of the Great Himalayan National Park

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BTCA - SHA - GHNP Ecotourism

  1. 1. Great Himalayan National Park: Community Based Ecotourism in the GHNP ECOTOURISM For Nature Conservation Presentation by Sunshine Himalayan Adventures , Kullu
  2. 2. Why work in the GHNPSupport International Ecotourism PrinciplesUnique Nature Based Tourism AttractionsPristine Buffer Zone with minimal disturbanceSupport Local CommunityProactive Park Management Local Kullu based OrganizationNetworking with other NGO’s - Conservation with CommunityDevelopment
  3. 3. Our Approach in the GHNP Developing Income Generating Ecotourism ActivitiesEmpowering Local Communities by Ecotourism trainings Providing Marketing LinkagesHelping institutional Development of BTCA and the Park Administration
  4. 4. Developing Ecotourism Activities Birding and Wildlife Eco Tours :Trekking Eco Tours :Mountaineering Tours : Climbed over 5 virgin peaks in the NationalPark with international groupsHomestay: Developed and promoted over 5 home stays in thebuffer zoneCultural Interpretation ToursBuffer Zone ActivitiesForest Learning Program for School KidsVoluntourism
  5. 5. Ecotourism Trainings Trained over 150 unemployed youths of the Ecozone in ecotourismrelated activities From having a total of 100 man-days in ecotourism in 2003 toproviding over 3500 Man-days in 2012 in the GHNP Average Income raised from Rs 5000 yearly through ecotourism toalmost Rs 4000 per member per month by the ecotourism teamTurned Poachers into Birding GuidesAwareness in the local community about ecotourism and henceprotection of the park resources.
  6. 6. Institutional Development Promoting interdependence through Voluntourism.Ecotourism AdvocacyOver 100 international volunteers have done various projects with the localcommunity like save the weaver, developing marketing linkages for BTCAproducts, labels, organic farming , ecotourism trainings etc.Providing infrastructure support to various researchers with the help of BTCAIndirect monitoring of the park and wildlife through the movement of touristsGenerating revenues for the Bio Diversity Conservation Society through entrytickets and use of the accommodation facilities like SaiRopa which is ploughedback into the community development initiatives of the park. Making sure that the tourists who visit the GHNP turn into Friends of GHNPand contribute through their network for community.Trained over 100 local youth from other protected areas in various aspects ofecotourism operations
  7. 7. Providing Marketing Linkages Developing networks with likeminded international and nationalorganizations like WWF , Bombay Historical Natural Society , RSBP, VariousBirding Clubs, Government and Non Government OrganizationsHelping save traditional HandicraftsProviding markets for BTCA products directly sold to touristsPromotion of the park through having events like Click the Tragopan Contest, Organizing Bird Counts, writing articles for magazines, photographydatabases etc.Helping develop the website of the Park along with using various web 2 toolslike Face book, Twitter, YouTube etc for prompting park as the marketingbudget is very limitedMaximizing Word of Mouth Publicity
  8. 8. ChallengesCapacity Building within the communityLoss of trained manpowerSeasonal nature of ecotourismExploitation by non ecotourism companiesUnplanned development of the areaVulnerability to Unplanned Hydel Project DevelopmentVulnerability to Unplanned Mass TourismPoaching of medicinal herbs and rare flora and faunaGetting Women directly involved into ecotourism
  9. 9. AchievementsUnique Concepts like click the Tragopan ContestExtensive Documentation of prime Species like Brown Bear and WesternTragopanFirst Ever Photograph of the Western TragopanFirst Accent of Five peaks – Yeshe , Chakri, Snow Leopard peak , TribulationPoint and Sentinel PeakVolunteerismStart of various home-staysStart of various micro enterprises in the field of ecotourismPlacement of the Great Himalayan National Park in the World Ecotourism MapSupporting livelihood options of several unemployed youths in the bufferzone