Nepal River Conservation Trust

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Nepal River Conservation Trust

Nepal
Project Stage:
Scaling
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
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Transforming the way people understand the value and economic potential of Nepal's rivers, Megh Ale is saving the rivers of Nepal through ecotourism, conservation, and cleanup through his organization, the Nepal River Conservation Trust. Megh is creating new opportunities for people in Nepal and all over the world to experience and benefit from Nepal's rivers and waterways.

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Megh is changing the way river communities, politicians, and the greater Nepalese society understand and provide for the conservation of Nepal's awe-inspiring river heritage. Through the Nepal River Conservation Trust (NRCT), Megh and other like-minded river guides are creating a new standard for ecotourism in Nepal that protects and advocates for Nepal's river ecosystems, while also transforming the way society at large values Nepal's rivers. The NRCT takes a multi-pronged approach to educating and empowering river communities and the rest of society. Working with river communities, Megh instills in local people the knowledge of and a passion for river conservation-ideas now fuelling the success of a growing ecotourism and "teahouse rafting" industry in Nepal. This cultural shift is also changing the way the public experiences and cares for important rivers like the Karnali, Bagmati, Bishnumuti, and the Seti that flow through Kathmandu and Pokhara. Through clean-up campaigns, lobbying, and popular river festivals, Megh is restoring Nepal's rivers to their treasured status in the country. The NRCT became a member of the Sustainable Tourism Network (STN) in 2001. The STN is a forum of organizations affiliated with the Nepal Tourism Board that also networks with many tourism organizations and stakeholders. In 2005 Megh founded Namaste Nepal with the Freiberg School in Germany to set up school partnerships with rural and needy schools in Nepal, guided by the vision of "Sustainable Education for Better Living." He hopes to carry the school partnership mission to many river community schools to better understand river conservation and to save the pristine Himalayan Rivers.