Resources Himalaya Foundation and Environmental Graduates in Himalaya successfully organized 114th series of Pralad Yonzon Conservation Forum (PYCF) with Dr. Anup KC, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at Amrit Science Campus, Tribhuvan University. He gave a talk on “Ecotourism and Sustainability in Nepal”.
The talk primarily focused on the community based homestays, and their opportunities and challenges. Discussing about the importance of community based homestay for economic development and enhancing livelihood, Dr. KC mentioned that in all the provinces of Nepal, homestays have been prioritized in different forms such as farm stay, yoga homestay, wildlife-based tourism homestay, traditional stay. He elaborated that providing employment opportunities, establishing cooperatives to managing and mobilizing generated funds were the economic aspects of homestay, whereas forest conservation, greenery promotion, solid waste management were the environmental aspects. Community based homestay has some socio-cultural aspects like promoting local culture, reducing poverty as well as creating peace and security in the community. He further revealed some challenges such as fake homestays, lack of financial support, and hotels-homestay competition faced by homestays in the current context. Dr KC concluded the talk with the message that publicizing homestays, providing two days weekend, monitoring of the homestays as well as understanding new demands of guest would help to promote the homestays and make them better. The presentation was followed by an interaction session between the guest speaker and the participants and ended with a vote of thanks and closing remarks from Dr. Dinesh Neupane, Executive Director of Resources Himalaya Foundation.