Trekkers and the Prints they Leave in the Himalayas: Tourism Impacting the Sanitation of Local Communities in Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal

By Suman Pant.

Published by The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability

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Ecotourism has been labelled as the closest thing to sustainable tourism, and in the past few decades, Nepal has been able to tap into this industry for much needed foreign capital. This research tries to look at how Western trekkers impact the sanitation behaviour of local communities. Many scholars have debated that tourism can improve sanitation behaviour, while others remain sceptical. Culture plays an important role in rural communities and improvement in the sanitation behaviour may take much more than just “awareness” for any particular community. This research uses data to analyse how tourism and exposure to the outside world differentially affects communities that lie within the same conservation region. The research involves analysing household surveys in three different subregions of the Annapurna Conservation Area in Nepal, and how tourism has a positive impact on improving sanitation standards of local communities.

Keywords: Tourism, Sanitation, Ecotourism

The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 294.905KB).

Suman Pant

Graduate Student, Masters in Public Policy, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA

I am interested in natural resources, the communities that depend on them, and how they have been impacted by changing global trends. Also, I am interested in using natural resources on a local level and creating the framework for development, to see if it is possible to have preservation of natural resources and develop a community at the same time. I am from Nepal and believe that there are ways that can help the natives empower themselves without compromising their culture, resources, and ethnicity.