Plant a tree for Nepal: “Tourism Responding to the Challenge of Climate Change”
Posted by NYCA Blogger on October 5, 2008
Tourists entering Nepal will have to either plant a tree or sponsor one to reduce the impact of climate change, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) announced Friday.
The announcement comes on the eve of World Tourism Day which falls on Saturday. This year the Day is being observed with the slogan “Tourism Responding to the Challenge of Climate Change”.
“It is the price they (tourists) will have to pay for their contribution to carbon emissions generated through the goods they use while in Nepal,” said Prachanda Man Shrestha, acting chief executive officer of NTB on Friday.
Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) and NTB today also jointly set up a Climate Neutral Planet Fund to mitigate the impact of climate change.
“The fund will be used for tree plantation by community forest users’ groups in all 75 districts and will also help contribute to sustainable development,” said Shrestha.
The fund was launched with Rs 100,000 contributed jointly by MoTCA and NTB. The contribution of tourists sponsoring trees will go into this fund.
Planting of more trees across the country will help check carbon emission, the main cause of climate change.
Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Hisila Yami said that the tourism sector in the country should now adopt environment-friendly approaches and encourage both national and international tourists to involve themselves in eco-friendly lifestyles. Yami also contributed Rs 10,000 to the fund on the same day
Source: Kathmandu Post, 26 Sept, 2008