7.  Mountain Dynamics and Geology: While mountains are said to be rich in mineral resources, neither is much known systematically about them, nor have mountain people benefited economically from their exploitation. On the contrary, the inhabitants of the highland regions mostly suffer from frequent natural disasters such as earthquakes, landslides, floods, volcanic eruptions and glacial lake outburst floods. Inherent geological conditions and climate being the main causes of such disasters, more in-depth scientific studies on various aspects of geology and climate are fundamental to understand and mitigate these disasters. This meeting calls for a better sharing of knowledge, sensitivity towards geological equilibrium in development interventions, and an increased intensity of research collaboration between earth-scientists working on mountain regions. It appeals to concerned governments to facilitate such interactions.

8. Mountain Resource Management: Verticality in the mountain regions is the cause of both aesthetic delight and backbreaking toil. Since mountain regions are rich in all four major sources of renewable energy (hydropower, wind, solar energy and biomass), development policy must be better informed about the diversity of demand for water and energy in specific mountain niches. Suitable infrastructure developed for specific needs through appropriate technology can greatly mitigate the baneful aspects of mountain life by utilizing the right kind of energy for the right purpose through right technology choices. It is necessary to both preserve and develop the mountain environment, specifically its water and biomass resources, in a manner that recognizes their key role in the hydrosphere's cycle and in the lives of both mountain and plains people. Much of this can be assured through a system of governance that promotes local decision-making and regulation.mountain regions. Because the rich social diversity of mountain regions still retains systems of

9.  High Altitude Medical Research: High altitude living is subject to biophysical stress. People living in mountainous regions have adapted to these conditions together with the area¹s flora and fauna. Medical science needs to widen its research horizon to better understand human physiology under these extreme conditions. This knowledge is useful not only for inhabitants of the mountains but also for those in the plains and, perhaps, in other extreme physical conditions such as the polar regions and outer space. In this quest, traditional medical knowledge systems such as Ayurveda etc. should also be included. Every year thousands of trekkers and devotees, accompanied by many poor porters, visit high altitude areas without knowledge of mountain sickness, which can be life threatening if the early warning signs are not heeded. Indeed, many die from this affliction and its complications every year. Medical practice in mountain regions, while primarily striving to provide better medical care to people living in remote mountain areas, must at the same time focus on prevention measures amongst pilgrims, porters and trekkers.

10.  Cultural Heritage and Ecotourism: Diverse cultural and natural heritages of the mountains are traditionally inter-linked with each other. Cultural forces are influential factors in maintaining protected areas and attracting ecotourism visitors to the mountains. Therefore, sustainable ecotourism should be promoted to directly benefit the local communities so that they will continue to maintain their cultural and natural heritages for the future generation. To do so, this seminar appeals to all governments for commitment to ensure that a significant portion of the revenue generated by ecotourism is fed back to the local communities.


INFORMATION ON MOUNTAIN PEAKS CLIMBING

  1.  It is illegal to climb any mountain peaks in Nepal without climbing-permit.
  2. Nepal Mountaineering Association representatives and authorized local institutions or individuals may check your climbing-permit, please co-operate them.
  3. Climbers involved in illegal climbing face prosecution as per the laws of Nepal (Nepal Tourism Act 2035 B.S. Article 3).
  4. Nepal Mountaineering Association does not recognize and certify successful ascent of illegal climbing.
  5. Nepal Mountaineering Association does not certify incidents and accidents occurred during illegal climbing. Uncertified incidents and accidents may face legal complication to claim insurance
  6. Climbing teams and climbers are allowed to set up fixed camp at the base camp for the climbing duration only.
  7. Climbing teams and climbers are not allowed to put fixed rope permanently on or enroute to the summit of any mountain peaks.
  8. Only climbers registered in the climbing-permit are allowed to climb the mountain peak.
  9. Group leader and climbers are requested to make sure that a climbing permit is obtained to climb the desired peak.
  10. No one can profit from illegal climbing. So stop illegal climbing right now.
  11. Inform nearest police station in the event of death or disappearance of members of the team.


GARBAGE DISPOSAL

  1. It is a moral and legal offence to leave and burn your garbage in the mountains.
  2. You are not allowed to burn and leave your garbage in the base camp.
  3. You should segregate burnable (biodegradable) and non-burnable (non-biodegradable) garbage. Dispose burnable garbage properly at permitted area. 
  4. Non-burnable items like tins, cans, empty LPG gas cylinders; EPI gas, oxygen cylinders and batteries should be taken back to Kathmandu. Oxygen cylinders and batteries should be taken back to your own country.
  5. Thank you very much for your cooperation for keeping our mountains clean. 

 
Request of Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (Applicable to Khumbu region only)

  1. Your must register your climbing permit at Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee office in Namche Bazar before going to the base camp.
  2. Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) staff checks your climbing permit to stop illegal climbing. Nepal Mountaineering Association representatives and local individuals may also check your climbing permit.
  3. Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee at Namche issue climbing permit with 30% additional surcharge.
  4. You should segregate all kinds of garbage into biodegradable and non-biodegradable and bring down to the SPCC office at Namche Bazar. Then, only SPCC provides you Garbage Clearance Certificates. Nepal Mountaineering Association will not refund your garbage deposit if you do not have this garbage clearance certificate.
  5. SPCC will take the biodegradable garbage and non-biodegradable garbage like tin, can, empty LPG gas cylinders, EPI gas, oxygen cylinders and batteries will be sent with you to Kathmandu. Oxygen cylinders and batteries should be taken back to your own country.
  6. The Garbage Clearance Certificate for Mera Peak can also be obtained from SPCC office at Lukla.
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