Aiming to promote tourism in the popular Annapurna trekking route, a 10-point Dhampus declaration has been issued in Kaski.
The Non Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) and Century Tourism Entrepreneurs Committee jointly issued the declaration on Friday incorporating the trekking route from Dhampus, Chhomrong, and Machhapuchchhre base camp along the Annapurna region.
Senior Vice President of NRNA Bhuwan Bhatta, Century Tourism Entrepreneurs’ Committee Chairperson Dal Bahadur Gurung, former minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Kiran Gurung, Development Committee Chairperson of Legislature-Parliament Rabindra Adhikari and lawmaker Sita Giri put their signatures in the declaration.
NRNA and Century Tourism Entrepreneurs Committee expressed their commitment to work jointly for the promotion of tourism along the trail besides adopting effective measures for proper conservation and promotion of bio-diversity in the area. The organisations have also said that they would develop some routes under their own brand names as well.
They have agreed to raise awareness among tourists visiting the trail about various adverse effects brought on by global warming and climate changes. They will also launch various attractive packages to promote internal tourism in the region. The organisations will also play a critical role in promoting import various local products in the global market. Officials from NRN Japan and Dhampus village will develop a good coordination to promote the local produce of the region.
As per the declaration, establishment of a botanical garden and a geological garden will be expedited in the Annapurna region.
The area will also be established as a centre of study and research in the sector of bio-diversity, effects of climate change in the mountainous region, among others.
Furthermore, NRNA has agreed that each member within its network will send three tourists to visit Nepal.
A version of this article appears in print on October 16, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.