Professor leads sustainable tourism workshop in India
Professor Keith Bosak was recently in India for a workshop on ecotourism in Uttarakhand region in the Himalayas. Keith has been going to the the Nanda Devi region since 1994 with student courses to learn about conservation and sustainable livelihoods.
The Hindustan times, New Delhi (Sat. Feb. 28, 2015) quotes Dr. Bosak saying that "governments should give ecotourism time to flourish as it was a slow process." He takled about the challenges facing an preserve like the Nanda Devi Biosphere where the protected area status conserves biodiversity but can also "limit resources of locals for earning our livelihoods."
The workshop was organized by the UNESCO Centre on World Natural Heritage Management and Training for the Asia-Pacific Region and featured experts talking about "How Gangotri landscape can be declared as a World Heritage Site?"; "What needs to be done to promote sustainable tourism in Nanda Devi National Park and Valley of Flowers National Park"; and "What can Uttarakhand learn fromthe experience of ecotourism development in Sikkim and HP?".
Read more about the "Sustainable Tourism Management in Mountain Landscapes of Himalayas" workshop in this story from The Times of India.
This photo of professor Bosak with other speakers is from a story in the Garhwal Post.