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Hands Around Everest : Transboundary Cooperation for Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods

Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa, Brian Peniston, Wendy Lama and Camille Richard. Compiled by Frances Klatzel and Kate Hoffman, ICIMD, 2003, pbk, 83 p, ISBN : 9291157031, $29.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Hands Around Everest : Transboundary Cooperation for Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods/Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa, Brian Peniston, Wendy Lama and Camille Richard

Contents: Foreword. I. Transboundary issues in the Mount Everest ecosystem: 1. An open boundary. 2. Transboundary cooperation in the Mount Everest ecosystem. II. Villages of the transboundary region: 1. The joint study. 2. The study approach. 3. The study villages. III. The four main transboundary issues: 1. Illegal poaching and trade in endangered species. 2. Cross-border spread of forest fires. 3. Cross-border spread of livestock disease. 4. Improving local livelihoods. IV. The path forward-progress, challenges, and immediate actions for conservation: 1. Achievements and cooperation across the Himalayas. 2. Challenges hindering transboundary cooperation. 3. Recommendations. Bibliography. Annex: Legal information.

From the foreword: "The greater Mount Everest region is one of the world’s most significant transboundary landscapes. Four contiguous protected areas link hands around Mount Everest: Qomolangma Nature Preserve in Tibet; and Sagarmatha National Park, Makalu Barun National Park, and Langtang National Park in Nepal. Together they encompass a large, diverse, and joined ecosystem and work to conserve the rich cultural and natural heritage on both sides of the Himalaya. They jointly cover 40,000 sq.km, an area large enough for maintaining the wide-ranging species, communities, and ecological processes found within the area. Five of the world’s highest mountains (over 8,000 meters) are found within the area and provide beacons for the world’s mountaineers and trekkers.

These national parks and their buffer zones also encompass a rich diversity of mountain cultures and are home to over 100,000 very poor mountain people. These people are both the natural stewards of the region’s spectacular landscapes and biodiversity, and the potential source of its degradation if their needs for improved and sustainable livelihoods cannot be met."

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