Eco-Tourism In Nepal: A Need for Sustainability

19, Mar 2023 |

In Nepal, ecotourism has evolved into a viable strategy for drawing visitors while assisting in the country's preservation of nature, wildlife and culture. Nepal is the ideal destination for ecotourism because of its wealth of natural beauty and cultural diversity.

Ecotourism is a type of travel and tourism that emphasises the connection to nature. Over the past ten years, there has been an increase in the demand for tourism focused on nature and its unspoiled beauty. Yet, with the rise of conservationist beliefs, ecotourism is now understood to be a form of travel that is environmentally friendly while also being sustainable. Ecotourism is based on the idea that you should enjoy nature as it is and leave it as you found it. The phrase "responsible travel to the natural regions that preserve and conserve the well-being of the local people and nature" is a more appropriate definition of ecotourism.

Nepal's ecotourism industry has seen a number of developments and is growing quickly. The development of ecotourism in Nepal is a joint effort between the government and the populace. The growth of ecotourism in Nepal contributes to the nation's sustainable development. Ecotourism in Nepal contributes not just to increased tourism but also to the overall development of the nation. Employment possibilities are the major ways that ecotourism promotes sustainable development in the nation. With ecotourism, the local population is also inspired to safeguard the environment. The creation of national parks and conservation areas has also contributed to the country's booming tourism industry.

Both environmentalists and residents are extremely concerned about recent changes on the major trekking trails. The number of tourists and teahouses along the trekking paths has expanded, which has indirectly raised the need for wood and fuel and contributed to deforestation. Without the correct mechanism for disposal, the volume of garbage is also growing quickly, which is an issue. This makes some of the well-travelled routes ugly and unhealthy, which in turn causes serious health problems. The locals and trekkers should both participate in awareness campaigns to stop such unnecessary incidents. 

Particularly in a poor nation like Nepal, ecotourism is being used as a method to promote sustainable development. Development of ecotourism necessitates a collaboration between the market and the government. It is necessary to increase the effectiveness and integrity of tax collection. Schools and hospitals need to be built right away. The growth and operation of the tourism industry will not be possible without such infrastructural improvements.

In a study of Nepalese homestay operators, 88% said that starting their business has improved their way of life. These owners' access to local and tourist support has also allowed them to preserve their cultural identities, bringing further inherent benefits to the homestay industry. These encouraging results refute the notion that ecotourism solely benefits the wealthy, as evidenced by the fact that homestays may provide a way out of poverty for residents of Nepal's most isolated villages.

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