Program theme and activities

Details of the program are shown below. The organizers will provide introductory information, such as published papers or summaries of research reports, for each theme. Each participant will be requested to be a keynote speaker for any one topic as per his/her area of specialization. The presentation will generally be organized in the evening so as to ensure the participation of local people. After the presentation from the keynote speakers, the floor will be opened for discussion.

Tentative areas/Agenda of talks and discussions:

1Introduction to Solu Khumbu and Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal (physiography, biodiversity, ethnicity, political/administrative division)
2Mountain development: opportunities and challenges
3 Assessment of earthquake damages in SNP (Churikhara VDC)
4 Major geomorphic processes and damages from the 1985 Dig Tsho GLOF
5Tourism development in Khumbu (trends, composition and major destinations)
6 Flow of people, porters, animals, goods and services in Khumbu
7Transhumance system (summer and winter grazing)
8 Nawa system among Sherpa community for conservation of natural resources
9Weekly market and highland-lowland linkages (sources of goods, livelihood support etc)
10Vegetation gradient along altitudinal transect/ slope/aspects ( species composition, forest management)
11Livelihoods of Sherpa communities
12Continuity and change in land use in SNP and its drivers
13Water resource management in Khumbu (drinking, irrigation and mineral water)
14Glacial lakes in Khumbu and GLOF risk reduction activities
15Management of highland pasture
16Religious and cultural importance of Tengboche Monastry
17 Problems and prospects of hydropower development in Khumbu
18 Tourism service facilities along trail between Tengboche and Namche
19Sagarmatha National Park: Experiences of conservation of natural and cultural resources
20Tourism service facilities along trail in Khumbu
21 Tourism development resources in Khumbu region (mountain peaks, glaciers, glacier lakes, biodiversity, culture etc)