What impact have you had on your clients and the tourism sector?
After the construction of Arniko Highway; that connects Nepal and China, tourist started visiting Sindhupalchowk district where Bhotekoshi River flows. Bhotekoshi River is the most powerful white water rafting river of the world. More than 80 companies run their action packed trips on this river and 70% of rafting tourists enjoy this white water rafting.
At the primary level, we are more focused on the awareness building, and pressure building activities. The programs like the Inter School River Quiz Competition, Workshop on importance of river, essay competition and speech competition will flash out the importance of river to the school children. The next step will be the programs based on community level with the involvement of the youth such as folk song competition, water sports competition and cleanup campaign. The final step will be the down river rafting for the local peoples, students and the people from different walk of life from Kathmandu or any other place.
The Children residing on the riverine community will know the importance of their natural assets. They will develop the best techniques for the sustainable use of river, flowing through than, by them. The youth will be motivated for the conservation of the river and leave it in its natural condition for the generation to come. The cleanup campaign will help to make the river environment clean and the participation of youth will prevent it from the further pollution. The conservation trip rafting will light up the importance of river which ultimately helps to boost up the river tourism both by internal and external tourist.
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.
To be successful over the next three years, the replication of the concept is the most. Different River Festival should be celebrated incorporating different components which will be possible according to region, climate, and community. Media campaign should be another tool to disseminate the project work. Another essential is, design of promotional materials i.e. brochure, posters, flyers and etc.
What would prevent your project from being a success?
To introduce a new concept and its component will definitely be very difficult in countryside areas. To overcome the obstacle, I have planned to make fun with water sports as I listed above. There are different obstacles which will be causative agent for my project. Basically, financing will be the main problem to make my project successful.