Forest and Tree Conservation through “ONE DAY ONE TREE” by Hauser Exkursionen & Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation Germany, The Partners Nepal, Sagarmatha Buffer Zone Users Group (Khumjung-4) is a great initiative to protect the denuded areas of sacred lands”.

Late Lama Geshe

Pangboche, Oct 2016

Late Lama Geshey

The initial concept of ” ONE DAY ONE TREE” was developed by the member of The Partners Nepal (TPN) and tested and supported since 2012 by Hauser Exkusionen & Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation, Germany, through Himalayan Trust Nepal. The lama and the residents were impressed with this unique concept that will help restore and protect the mountain environment and ecosystems with numerous visitors who visit this region. The whole idea of “ONE DAY ONE TREE” shows how science and religion can work together to benefit the environment and preserve cultural and spiritual values. Within Khumbu, there are numerous sacred sites visited by tourists. Among them is the Pangboche Monastery, the oldest monastery in the region, and this monastery is the center of Sherpa religious practice and is visited by thousands of tourists each year. In Khumbu, such a program would fit Sherpa’s cultural and spiritual values and contribute to sustainable tourism in the region.

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CHALLENGES of ONE DAY, ONE TREE

The alpine ecosystems surrounding the sacred lands above 4000m in Sagarmatha National Park are essential resources for local people as they collect shrubs for fuelwood use, grazing, water storage, collection of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs), ecotourism trade (trekking and mountaineering). However, the alpine ecosystems in the Khumbu and elsewhere in the mountain world have been comparatively neglected by the international conservation community even though they have long recognized their fragility and lack of resiliency.

The environment, especially in the mountain region, has faced various challenges, many of them due to human-created factors unregulated tourism, overgrazing, the over-harvesting of alpine shrubs for fuelwood, and poor conservation practice, global warming, and the climate change. Deforestation is taken place rapidly over the few years despite the fact they have long recognized for their fragility and lack of resiliency.

The local people are well aware that the area faces global warming and has become a significant challenge from every corner of the world, including the sacred lands of the Khumbu region. People are aware of climate change, and planting trees is the only long-term solution to overcome those impacts from climate change and global warming.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

The Partners Nepal launched the “ONE DAY ONE TREE” program in 2016 in Pangboche. The program designed to protect and restore fragile alpine ecosystems surrounding the sacred lands of Khumbu above 3900m through strengthening local management and conservation practices.

This project was made possible with financial support from Hauser Exkursionen & Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation, Germany as an initial base and later, the NepalHilfe Tirol (Austria), Engage Nepal, The Partners Nepal, Aero Telegraph, Sagarmatha Buffer Zone Users Group (Khumjung -4) and individual friends of conservation interests from local and international.

As part of your trekking or climbing experience in the Khumbu, please consider making small donations that will help us protect and restore the fragile alpine ecosystems. Your small contribution will make a big difference in preserving the Khumbu Alpine Ecosystem. It also provides an excellent opportunity to plant a memory of your loved ones and yourself at the very foot of Mt. Everest!!

If you are interested in this project, please consider sending it through:

www.thepartnersnepal.org

Email:sherpa.angrita@gmail.com

We appreciate your interest in the “ONE DAY ONE TREE” project.

THANK YOU and NAMASTE!