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Help Save The Himalayan Forests In Kullu.

Our problem : the forest fires in the Himalayas

The Himalayas, known as the abode of snow, hosts more than one-fifth of the forest of India and is a huge hotspot of biodiversity.

Forest Fires are a growing threat to the entire Himalayan ecology as it affects the biodiversity and depletes the forest cover.

Our first concern is the local communities living in the Himalayas, who will be the first victims of any irreversible effects of the environmental changes brought by forest fires.

Our second concern is the contribution of these forest fires to the climate change which has immense adverse effects at a global level and which will definitely hinder the Indian development like creating a drought/flood like situation in the northern part of India.

The main cause of forest fires

The forest fires are lit by the people. There is a growing pattern and frequency to which these fires happens and engulfs the whole forest. It is crossing the threshold of sustainability and so it will have irreversible impact on local and global level. 

Since almost every forest fire is intentional, there is something that can be done and so we must act now to create a movement that will tackle the issue of forest fires.

Our project to stop forest fires

We, a group of interns working with the Himalayan Ecotourism, aim to cease the forest fires in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh by approaching the local villagers and to initiate a conscious movement. 
Our plan is to go and meet personally the villagers living around the Great Himalayan National Park. Through constructive discussions and presentation we will highlight the fact that, if they continue burning the forest, long term losses outweigh the short term benefits. This would ultimately create a strong movement among the people of the Kullu valley.

As a part of our strategy in bringing about this change we have made a documentary “To Wake-Buddhi”, where through the voice of a child, we awaken the consciousness of the local communities of the Kullu Valley in saving the forests.

We need your support

As we are a group of interns working with a social enterprise having limited funds we need your support to successfully execute this project. We require funds for the following :

  • To acquire audio and video equipment for giving presentations and showing the documentary in the villages and local schools- Rs.50,000.
  • To support the logistic expenses of our field visits (50), most of the villages being far from the roads- Rs. 1,00,000.
  • To set up boards (100) around the Kullu valley to further raise awareness among the locals and the tourists about consequences caused by forest fire- Rs. 50,000.

Hence the amount of funds we will require will be Rs. 2,00,000.

Help us in this project by donating and contributing your part in saving the abode of snow THE HIMALAYAS.

You donate, we give it back ! 

We give back the money you have donated, in the form of a discount (up to 2000 rupees) on your next trek with Himalayan Ecotourism.
 
Himalayan Ecotourism organizes tours and treks in the western Himalayas.
We operate as a social enterprise dedicated to sustainable development around the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP). 

You can see the list of our treks in and around The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) by clicking here.

Our field team 2017

Sachit Ganla, intern, TISS Tuljapur
Anuja Joshi, volunteer, Electrical Engineer, Agra.
Karnik Priyansh, volunteer, mechanical engineer, Allahabad
Prithvi Raj, intern, TISS Tuljapur
Pal Chandra, intern, Pondicherry Central University
Arjun Saklani, intern, Doon University Dehradun
Ruchika Shahi, intern, Doon University Dehradun
Milan Rawat, intern, Doon University Dehradun
Nishikant Saklani, intern, Doon University Dehradun
Bittu Bhardwaj, Bali Chowki, near GHNP
Anita, Manhar, near GHNP
Manisha Dogra, Chehani, near GHNP
Stephan Marchal, Chehani, near GHNP

Links

1).  The Flagship Documentary of our initiative, To Wake:Buddhi.
       https://www.towakebuddhi.com 

2).Our Facebook page to mobilize the digitally connected rural population in      the Kullu Valley.
     https://www.facebook.com/stopforestfiresinkullu

 3). Himalayan Ecotourism, the social enterprise which has initiated this    project.
    http://himalayanecotourism.in

4). Symbioz- Another initiative by Himalayan Ecotourism, to introduce greener technologies.
http://symbioz.in

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5th June 2017
Dear Supporters,

The field work has started. We take advantage of our field visit to introduce the concept of the seed bank and simple advanced organic farming practices.
Forest fires is a very intricate problem. Actually, the villagers know very well that they are bad but they gain some immediate economic profit from forest fires.
We are discussing and planning the alternatives with the women mostly.

Thanks again for your support :-)

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