On the occasion of world Environment Day 2010, NETIF
(Nepal Environment & Tourism Initiative Foundation),
in conjunction with Dhulikhel Rotary Club, Dhulikhel
Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Dhulikhel
Chefs Association, organized a special event focused
on the environment in and around Dhulikhel. The
focal point for the event was to mark the occasion
of World Tourism Day and the main message of the
event was to spread awareness amongst the local
people of Dhulikhel about the importance protecting
our precious natural environment and keeping the
surrounding area clean in order to promote better
environment and a green economy.
The aim of the event was to recognize and respect
our treasured environment which is essential to the
future growth of the tourism industry and our own
health and wellbeing. The importance of preserving,
respecting and enhancing the natural environment in
our region was the highlight of the event.
The event took place around Dhulikhel and commenced
with a regional cleanup campaign. Willing students,
community members and NETIF staff took place in the
cleanup program which removed waste and rubbish from
the streets of the beautiful township. Throughout
the clean up, the message was spread about the
importance of waste management, correct disposal of
rubbish and keeping our natural environment clean
and green. NETIF not only arrange the clean up in
Dhulikhel, but also throughout the NTOEDP (Nepal
Tourism, Outdoor & Environment Development Project)
area which encompasses NETIF’S project the
“Kathmandu Valley Cultural Trekking Trail”. Clean up
campaigns where undertaken in Mulkharaka, Nagarkot
and Chisapani with the cooperation of village
committee members and local villagers.
After the clean up, there was a parade through the
streets of Dhulikhel spreading the message of World
Tourism Day and the main theme – “Biodiversity,
Ecosystem Management and the Green Economy”. The
parade and following programs where attended by
NETIF board members and staffs, Hoteliers, Rotary
Club of Dhulikhel, Dhulikhel Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, Local Schools and college students, The
Chef’s Association of Nepal, Local Clubs and social
groups, police members and the local community.
During the day participants took part in a tree
planting program around the streets of Dhulikhel.
Over 200 shrubs, trees, flowering bushes and
ornamental plants where planted around the town.
Eager school children and community members got
their hands dirty spreading the message about the
importance of trees and making Dhulikhel ‘a plastic
free zone ‘and more beautiful place for the future.
To carry on the theme of a Clean and Green
Environment, and to take the first tentative steps
into making Dhulikhel a plastic free zone, NETIF
distributed canvas shopping bags to local people.
The “Tarkari Jhola” will be used by people when
visiting the local markets and help reduce the
amount of plastic waste.
During the day there was also a display of organic
vegetables which where both for exhibition and sale
purposes in order to promote and support the growing
organic vegetable industry in the local area. These
facts are commonly known and organic farming is not
a new concept, what is lacking is the commitment to
make the change towards better environment
practices. What NETIF is aiming to achieve is to
promote the benefits of organic farming to the
farmer, to the local community and to the hotel
sector. Of course a farmer will not embark on the
changes needed to undertake organic farming if he is
not supported and receives no profit from doing so.
First and foremost, the man of the land must be able
to make a sustainable living from his work. This is
where the local community, and more so the Hotel and
tourism sectors can come in.
The last program on the agenda was a Blood Donation.
Throughout the day participants and local community
where encouraged to donate blood and help support
local hospitals by boosting critical blood supply
The day was considered a great success in Dhulikhel
as well as other clean up areas of Mulkharka,
Chisapani and Nagarkot. The message and importance
of World Environment Day was well and truly spread
throughout the region.