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Alternative energy sources for Sagarmatha National Park in Khumbu Region : this dissertation is presented in partial fulfilment of the Diploma in Parks and Recreation Management, Ranger Option, at Lincoln College

Sherpa, Ang Rita
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ANZSRC::050209 Natural Resource Management , ANZSRC::150601 Impacts of Tourism
The Everest region or Solu Khumbu is one of the most celebrated areas of the world. It is here that the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, or as the Nepalese call her, Sagarmatha "Mother of Universe" is situated. The high mountains and valleys of the Solu Khumbu is not only the home of Mt Everest but also that of a hardy ethnic group called “Sherpa" who migrated to the area from Eastern Tibet in the early 16th century. This remote part of the world holds some of the most awe inspiring peaks to be found anywhere, framing a backdrop to the fascinating old Bhuddist Monasteries and amiable Sherpa villages. These people have not only adapted to this marginal environment overcoming its problems and poor soil, but have also established a rich cultural heritage. Up until 1950, the forests of Khumbu region had served as a multi-purpose resource for the Sherpas; firewood, building materials, leaf litter for compost and grazing animals. The influx of tourism since the fifties increased demand for this resource. Large areas of forest have been burnt to ash by mountaineering and trekking groups who have used the wood for cooking, heating and hot showers, particularly on the route to Mt Everest and wherever there are lodges, tea shops and hotels. This dissertation is concerned with the problems already outlined, along with proposals for introducing alternative energy sources. In an area where income is limited, the success of alternative energy sources will depend largely on the cost to the local inhabitants.
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