June 05 , 2018
On the occasion of 44th World Environment, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized 2nd Cleaning and Awareness Campaign at Swayamnbhunath area on June 5. TAAN started this campaign from Buddha Park, Swayambhu Stupa at 7 A.M. and ended at Aanandakuti, Swayambhunath at 10 A.M.
The global theme for the day was “Beat Plastic Pollution; if you can’t reuse it, refuse it”. A total of 200 participants from different tourism associations including students and representatives from Nepal Academy of Tourism & Hotel Management took part.
The campaign was chaired and inaugurated by TAAN President Mr. Nava Raj Dahal and Chief Guest Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi, C.E.O of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).
On the occasion, TAAN President Dahal stated that cleaning in Swayambhunath, enlisted in world heritage site, is a step towards promoting eco-tourism, a campaign that will be given continuity in future by TAAN
Chief Guest Joshi appreciated the initiation taken by TAAN and explained the connection between Nepal’s tourism with its nature and culture highlighting upon their conservation and preservation. “More than 90 % of tourism destinations includes nature, so we must take the initiation to clean and also aware local community.”
TAAN General Secretary Ang Pemba Sherpa urged upon keeping the heritage sites clean and free of trash and assured TAAN’s continuous efforts for the same coming days.
Mr. Kishor Man Dangol, Ward-15 President ensured that the Swayambhunath area will be free of plastic with the participation of local community.
Concluding the campaign, Mr. P.K Sherpa, coordinator of Mountaineering & Environment Department stated that tourism and environment being closely interrelated, all tourism stakeholders and local community must be concerned about the challenges faced by tourism industry due to environment degradation and pollution.
Swayambh Stupa area in charge DSP Mr. Sudin Shahi, Tourist Police Inspector Rupa Thapa, representatives from Manag Society and Live to Love were also present at the program.