A research cum clean-up campaign was organized by the Resources Himalaya Foundation (RHF) along the Gosaikunda trail in the Lamgtang National Park in the district of Rasuwa in central Nepal from November 3 to 12, supported by the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA). The team included altogether 12 members, six experts and volunteers from RHF and six local volunteers and helpers. Notable activities conducted during the field visit included: (i) stakeholder meetings, (ii) vegetation survey, (iii) fauna survey, (iv) social survey, (v) awareness campaign and (vi) solid waste collection.
Stakeholder meetings: We conducted a total of five stakeholder meetings at Dhunche, the district administrative centre of Rasuwa with (a) officials of the Lamgtang National Park, (b) ward Chairperson and officials of ward number 6, (c) officials of LACCoS and (d) MANEKOR – local NGOs, and at Syafrubesi, the business centre of Rasuwa district, with (e) the Chairperson and other administrative officials of the Gosaikunda Rural Municipality. During these stakeholder meetings, our team briefed the objectives of the project, such as clean-up campaign, installation of dustbins and transportation of waste, installation of incinerator, awareness programmes on waste management, and social, flora and fauna surveys. All stakeholders praised our objectives and promised us to provide their support for the successful implementation of project’s objectives.
Flora and fauna survey: We conducted vegetation surveys along the trail – Dhunche to Gosaikunda – in six altitudinal gradients starting from 2000 masl with an interval of 500 m. For tree category, 20*20 m2 quadrates were laid; for shrub category, two 5*5 m2 quadrates were laid; and for herb category, five 1*1 m2 quadrates were laid in each altitudinal gradient along the trail. Additionally, observation of scats and pub marks of wild animals, bird watching and camera trapping were conducted along the trail.
Social survey: We conducted altogether 41 household surveys along the trail and in Dhunche and Syafrubesi regarding the production of solid waste from tourism and their waste management practices. Additionally, three key informant interviews were conducted with key stakeholders.
Awareness campaign: Experts, Volunteers and RHF staffs were involved in awareness campaign in Gosaikunda trail, Dhunche and Syafrubesi focusing hoteliers, local community and business/service providers. A total of 500 copies of printed booklets with the information on solid waste management approaches to be adopted at local level were distributed to them.
Waste collection: We collected altogether 65 kilograms of solid waste from Cholangpati (3615 masl) to Bhairang Danda (3000 masl) along the trail. The collected waste was segregated, counted and weighed individually to obtain their composition. The collected waste was then dumped in nearby dumping pits.
काठमाडौँ — रिसोर्सेस हिमालय फाउन्डेशनले २० हजार डलरको युनेस्को वेन्हुई अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय पुरस्कार पाएको छ । एसिया-प्रसान्त क्षेत्रमा शैक्षिक नवप्रवर्तनमा उत्कृष्ट योगदान गर्नेलाई युनेस्कोले यो पुरस्कार प्रदान गर्दै आएको छ ।
फाउन्डेसनले अघि सारेको विज्ञान बढाऔं कोरोना भगाऔं परियोजनाका निम्ति यस वर्षको वेन्हुई पुरस्कार पाएको फाउण्डेसनका कार्यक्रम संयोजक डा.दिनेश न्यौपानेले बताए ।
उक्त पुरस्कार फाउन्डेशनले गत अप्रिल २ मा निर्माण गरेको युवा वैज्ञानिक नेपाल युवा सञ्चालनलाई थप सशक्त बनाउँदै अनुसन्धान र विज्ञान प्रवर्द्धनमा उपयोग गरिने जनाएको छ ।
फाउन्डेशनले कोरोना महामारीसँग जुध्न नेपालमा लकडाउन घोषणा भए लगत्तै गत २०२० अप्रिल २ बाट युवा वैज्ञानिक नेपाल नामक सञ्जाल निर्माण गरी वैज्ञानिक चेतना विस्तार,शैक्षिक सामग्री निर्माण तथा प्रचार-प्रसार अभियान,गोष्ठी तथा राष्ट्रिय सम्मेलन तालिम आदि गर्दै आएको छ ।
वेन्हुई पुरस्कार युनेस्कोको लागि चीनको राष्ट्रिय आयोग र विकासको लागि शैक्षिक नवप्रवर्तन युनेस्को एसिया-प्रसान्त कार्यक्रमको सहकार्यमा सन् २०१० देखि प्रदान गरिँदै आएको छ ।
विगत ३५ वर्षदेखि विज्ञान र संरक्षणको क्षेत्रमा रिसोर्सेस हिमालयले काम गर्दै आएको छ ।