Development of Sustainable Agro-Ecotourism in Nepal

Amalia and Boaz agro-ecotourism is designed to develop sustainable agro-ecotourism development in the country. The word ecotourism is firstly registered by the Costa-Rica in 1983. The word ecotourism defines as the travelling and visitation to relatively undisturbed places in order to enjoy or appreciate nature that promotes conservation of endanger animal or plant species and active socio-economic development of the local population. The idea is to take advantage of the country bountiful natural resources like mountains, Himalayas, rivers, caves and jungles. Similarly tourists can take advantage of cultural heritage of the country like Temples, Monasteries, Monuments and customs. The focal point of tourist attraction are mountaineering, sightseeing, trekking/hiking, white water rafting, paragliding, rock climbing, bungee jumping, canoeing, mountain biking, cable car, agro-tourism, hunting etc.

The term agro-ecotourism is designed to harness rural agricultural biodiversity and natural beauty for the service of local people. Also it is designed to develop this new concept as strategic economic activity of the local rural people. It is quiet common in the country that tourism and agricultural sector are based on the same natural environments and efforts need to make economically and environmentally in a sustainable way for the use of same physical space of natural resources. However the level of domestic food production and the carrying capacity of natural resources are limiting these two major industries. This is how a sustainable approach towards agro-ecotourism is indispensable.

Tourism and agriculture are two major components for socio-economic development of Nepal. Both the sectors are performing as major sources for the revenue generating industries with multiplier effects on the socio-economic development. Overall contribution to GDP by tourism and agriculture industries is significantly higher than other industries in the country. Provision of job to local youth, rural income generation, biodiversity conservation in the protected areas, developing professionalism in the agriculture, production of organically grown food products are major outputs. Moreover it is indispensible to developed synergism between these two biggest industries in the country with environmentally sound and economically viable manner. For instance taking tourist into the paddy field at the time of transplanting and harvesting are anticipating. Similarly demonstrating millet threshing techniques in the Gurung village and showing local fishing technique by different ethnic tribes are attracting for the tourist. Also it is exciting to establish a mini research and demonstration farms with their reproductive biology and organic village into different pocket areas for the tourist. Such activities are helpful towards protecting cultural heritage of the country and boosting gross national income. Likewise there are a lot more to discover. This is how the shelter house Nepal plays pivotal role towards socio-economic transformation of the country.

Positive Impacts Of Organic Cleaning Products On The Environment

Organic cleaning products are natural products that offer much of the same cleaning power as those purchased commercially. Unlike most store-bought cleaners, however, they are made using ingredients found in nature and are safe for both the environment and for human health. When buying an organic cleaning product that has the “Organic” seal, it is made using materials from plants that have not been treated with artificial pesticides or fertilizers. Ingredients that may be found or used in organic cleaners include lemon, salt, vinegar, borax, witch hazel, waxes, and oils. Organic cleaning products should not contain chemicals or synthetic ingredients and can often be made at home. These cleaners are suitable for use in kitchens, bathrooms, or anywhere where cleansing is required. Products purchased commercially may come in refillable bottles, which also cuts back on waste.

What Chemicals Are In Store Bought Cleaning Products

There is a wide range of chemicals that can be found in the store-bought products that are used for cleaning. These chemicals and the products that they are in can be problematic for both human health and for the environment. Common ingredients include Phthalates, which are often found in scented dish soaps and detergents. Because it is a scent, it may not appear on the label. This chemical is used to bind chemicals and scents and is harmful to animals. Antibacterial soaps may include triclosan which can enable drug-resistant bacterial growth. Chemicals that can negatively affect life in the water include phosphates and ammonia, the latter of which is a chemical that most people are aware of that can be found in glass cleaners and polishing agent. Another common chemical found in most homes is chlorine. Toilet bowl cleaners, laundry whiteners, and scouring powders are some of the cleaning products that include this ingredient. Other chemicals that can be detrimental include sodium hydroxide, or lye, which is found in drain openers and oven cleaners and is toxic to fish.

How Do These Chemicals Make Their Way Into the Environment

Toxic chemicals in cleaning products inevitably make their way into the environment. During the process of cleaning, the chemicals found in store-bought products go down the drain and into the sewage system. Cleaners in sprays can release their fumes and particles into the air and are carried outdoors by ventilation systems in buildings, homes, and apartments. When people use up their cleaners, the packaging is often thrown in the garbage where they end up in landfills and take up valuable space. Because there’s often remnants of cleaner still in the packaging, toxic chemicals can ooze from containers, drip onto the soil and seep into the earth and groundwater.

What Do These Chemicals Do to The Environment?

When household cleaners make their way into the water supply, their chemicals contaminate and pollute them. These chemicals are generally removed at treatment facilities, however, not all can be removed so easily. Certain chemicals, such as ammonia, nitrogen, and phosphorus can remain. This can further impact the environment and affect fish by causing accelerated growth in aquatic plants and algae that can result in overcrowding. Other chemicals that may remain in the water can affect the reproduction of underwater life. When chemicals enter the air they can contribute to smog and global warming.

Why Organic Cleaning Products Are Safe For The Environment

As organic cleaning products are made of materials that are naturally derived they tend to have little negative impact on the environment. Organic cleaners degrade without leaving any harmful chemical residue or fumes and are less likely to harm animals or plant life. Because they do not contain toxic chemicals, they generally do not pose a threat to the soil or water and won’t contribute to global warming. Additionally, people often DIY their green cleaning supplies, which means less waste into landfills. 

Executive Board
  1. Chair Person
    Mrs Sita Bhantana
  2. Executive Director
    Mr. Ashok Sharma Bhatta
  3. Managing Director
    Mr. Shiva Bhantana
  4. Senior Account Manager and Travel and Tour operator
    Mr. Balkrishna Bhantana
  5. Accountant
    Miss Madhu Bhantana
  6. Receptionist
    Miss Sangita Pandey
  7. Office Assistant
    Mrs Ramita Bagale
Advisory Board
  1. Dr. Adam Abramson
  2. Dr. Leilah Krounbi
  3. Dr. Tom Groenveld
  4. Mrs Moriah Pex
  5. Dr. Dennis Timlin
  1. Judy and John Pex, Eilat, Israel