Sustainable Tourism; Practices & Challenges
Sustainable Tourism; Practices & Challenges
| Sudeep Sapkota| Photo: https://goo.gl/VewJ2L
Sustainable Tourism Practices Challenges is the article for those who needs change. Sustainability is now a household name for every citizen who is directly or indirectly linked with tourism and other business that has direct relationship with nature (Basically all business). As media publicize each year about sustainability conference that takes place in lavish five star hotels throughout the world participated by different high level dignitaries from almost all countries, it is impossible to ignore sustainability practice for any lay man these days.
Indeed people and the government have started shifting focus to sustainability, for preservation of the scarce resource available in this Mother Nature for fourth coming generation. Sustainability as referred as by different scholars is “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations to meet their own needs.” Brundtland (1987).
Sustainability simply refers to a process of making sure that those resources that we are using right now will be available for future generations. Recently India has made an plan of spending staggering $6.2 billion(Rs41,000 crore) to increase India’s green land. These huge plans and commitment are present in every developed and developing country in the world. These includes USA, India, and China and so on.
Following the footsteps of big and massive powerhouse countries Nepal is also trying to make a difference to save nature. One of the remarkable decision made by Government of Nepal to save Mount Everest from hump of garbage. It decided and mentioned that trekkers climbing Mount Everest must carry certain amount of garbage with them while returning back from Everest . Government of Nepal has strict plan to ban use of polythene bags in near future, these are basic things that Nepal is working with right now and these small practices surely promises to create huge impact in coming future.
Tourism & Sustainability
Tourism Entrepreneurs of Nepal has always selected local culture, traditions, food and so on to lure travellers from different parts of the world. Homestay practices are being common in most of the countryside in Nepal. Availability of Nepali cuisine (Dal, Bhat, Tarkari) from five star hotel to local restaurants surely compels any traveler to forget the taste of any internationally renowned Fast Food Restaurants.
Sustainability doesn’t refers only as process of preserving natural resources, it also comprises local culture, traditions, language spoken in certain place. Nepal as well as other countries may not have done much to practice sustainability, but as new viruses and disease are emerging day by day, news of natural calamities are seen every day on local newspaper. It has lead eyes wide open of concerned authorities throughout the world. So sustainability practice cannot be denied even if some will to do so.
Responsible Tourism, Green Tourism, Go Green are some of the common words one can encounter when surfing Internet. This shows that we have already entered in the era of Sustainability. These days we don’t talk only development, we also talk about negative impacts of the development.
If any people turn on the TV to Nepali channels, advertisement of cement and steels are undeniably the most seen advertisements. This indicates that cement factories are in abundant in number and they are rising ever than before. The smoke that comes from these factories has adverse effect on health and can damage respiratory system when breathing. Keeping in mind of the negative impacts of such factories, Government of Nepal with active participation with private sector has encouraged installing filters to minimize the risk of health hazards.
Indeed the implementation part of Nepalese Government is not effective but when it comes to plan and policy making I am an supporter of my Government but what about the other countries. Why China Government cannot stop killing of Sharks in the shake of shark soup? Why Korean cannot stop killing of Dogs for meat?
Let’s talk about challenges; well do you think it is difficult to practice sustainability? Sustainability is basically easy to practice one can possibly imagine of. Have you stopped using polythene, if your answer is yes, you are already on the way of sustainability. Basically small practices creates big impact, if you have plan to leave meat diet for a week. If you go Fast food restaurants less often than before, you are already part of sustainability. We are the change, we don’t need to listen to government to practice sustainability, and it’s with us.
But still people are not aware of their wrong deeds; plucking flowers in abundant number, killing innocent bees may not have huge impact in present. But as Einstein said killing bee’s means killing human beings. These are some of the small example one should be aware of. If people starts spending for vegetables rather than meat, if people stops preferring leather bags to hand made woven bags. Then these small decision can bring happiness to fourth coming generation.
The cruel activities of human being is damaging ecosystem. This environment is almost unlivable to the innocent animals but we human beings are still surviving because we can adopt till now. Do we can adopt to the future, to that future that we have damaged already in the past & present? Whatever may be the case we have already injured, shown enough of cruelty to the Mother Nature Earth.
Please go through following links to know more:
- http://www.stopsharkfinning.net (Shark killing for soup in China)
- http://qz.com/ (India’s plan to increase Forest)
- http://koreandogs.org/ (Killing of dog in South Korea for Meat)
- http://nepaliheadlines.com/ ( Nepal Government decision on Garbage Clearance in Everest)