AITM and Local Partner NGO Submitted Concept Note Proposal to P4G

February 17, 2019

AITM and Friends Service Council Nepal (FSCN), a local NGO based on Mahalaxmi Municipality, Imadole, Lalitpur, had earlier agreed to develop joint research proposals in “Sustainable Eco-Tourism” sector and apply for necessary financial support/fund to donor agencies. In this regard, a team of faculties/staff from the both institutions visited Lankuri Bhanjyang located at the South-West edge of Kathmandu valley in Mahalaxmi Municipality-09 on January 14, 2019. The objective of the field visit was to observe Lankuri Bhanjyang and its surroundings and assess the possibility of earthquake rehabilitation and tourist promotion activities in the area. The team observed Lankuri Bhanjyan picnic spot at the top of the hill, nearby villages and Patle Community Forest User Group during the field visit.

After the field visit, AITM and FSCN jointly prepared a concept note entitled “Partnership for Climate Resilient Sustainable Eco-Tourism Business” and submitted to “Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goal” (P4G) on February 14, 2019 for financial support. The main goal of P4G funding is to bring governments, businesses and civil society to a common platform for innovative solutions to humanitarian needs in the fields of food and agriculture, water, energy, cities and circular economy through public-private partnership. Once the concept notes are reviewed, the short-listed ones will be asked to submit detail proposal within May-July 2019. The P4G can provide up to USD 100,000.0 funding in the start-up phase of the project.

Synopsis of the Concept Note:
The project will take initiation to bring tourism stakeholders, both public and private sectors together to collaborate on project activities for achieving the project goal and sub-goals within a fifteen-month time period. The project will facilitate for establishing community own recreation center for serving tourist (both local and foreigners). In addition, the project will improve the surrounding environmental condition by introducing low carbon initiatives, basically, constructing biogas plants, toilets, rainwater harvesting system, plastic ponds and promotion of organic farming. These activities will support for sustainable tourism development while creating clean energy & environment; generating income; creating decent employment opportunities for women, disadvantage people; and strengthening indigenous knowledge (like culture practices, handicrafts, festivals, etc.) that might help to attract tourist to visit the community. Finally, the community people will utilize the income from the center, for other community development activities, expansion of tourism business in the community and support the disadvantage community for reducing poverty level in the community.

Picture 1: A group photograph of AITM and FSCN members at the top of Lankuri Bhyanjang (picnic spot) on January 14, 2019.

Picture 2: A glimpse of surrounding area from the top of Lankuri Bhanjyang (picnic spot).

Picture 3: A view of Kathmandu valley from the top of Lankuri Bhanjyang, Mahalaxmi Municipality-09, Lalitpur, Nepal.

Picture 4: A group photograph with Patle Community Forest User Group at Sisneri of Mahalaxmi Municipality-09, Lalitpur.

Picture 5: A signboard of Patle Community Forest User Group at the bottom hill of Lankuri Bhanjyan, Mahalaxmi Municipility-09, Lalitpur.

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