Popularity and consequences of mountaineering in N.D.B.R.

Popularity and consequences of mountaineering in Nanda Devi Bio Reserve

Popularity and consequences of mountaineering in N.D.B.R.

 

Silori, Shekhar Chandra. (9 August 2006). Perception of local people towards conservation of forest resources in Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, northwestern Himalaya, India. Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 

This paper focused on the views of the Bhotiya society on conservation and usage of natural resources located in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (N.D.B.R.) in Uttarakhand. The author also made an effort to identity factors preventing sustainable management of the resources.  In 1970s, an increase in popularity of the Nanda Devi Peak among adventure tourists offered another income source for people residing with in the reserve area. However, the cultural and physical environment was adversely affected by the adventure tourism. A ban on mountaineering and even on cross border trade was thus initiated. Although the society supports forest resource conservation, the management’s decision to ban mountaineering and restrict access to the resources offering livelihood to the society were unwelcome.

Read the full paper at http://www.mtnforum.org/sites/default/files/pub/851.pdf.

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