Sustainability in the Nepal Himalayas: Challenges and opportunities – Dr Hum Gurung

Free Public Seminar, Melbourne – 9 November 2012

Hum Gurung is former Chief Executive Officer of Bird Conservation Nepal and has recently formed the Himalayan Sustainable Future Foundation.  Dr Gurung is a member of IUCN’s Commission on Education and Communication (CEC), Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEEP) and World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). He has been associated with the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) of the National Trust for Nature Conservation, Nepal from 1986 to 1996 as Conservation Officer, and Conservation Education and Extension Officer. He worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as National Programme Manager of the Sustainable Community Development Programme, known as Nepal Capacity 21, from 1997–2004. His research interests include participatory action research and community-based approaches for environmental education, sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity, sustainable tourism management and ecosystem services.  Hum has also provided consultancy services the United National Development Programme (UNDP); the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); World Wildlife Fund (WWF); and the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC).

The Nepal Himalayas are dynamic with outstanding natural beauty and provide valuable ecosystem goods and services to support livelihoods of more than 1.8 million people – directly and indirectly.  However, in recent years the mountain communities have also witnessed increased snow and glacial melt and the frequency of extreme events have exacerbated the livelihood risks resulting from increasing poverty, food insecurity, natural hazards and social inequities.

Building capacities of local communities with introduction of environmentally appropriate technologies and education for sustainability is the key element to promoting sustainable mountain development. This presentation will highlight the plans and strategies of the Himalayan Sustainable Future Foundation (HSFF). HSFF is committed to helping people build skills and choices that are compatible with communities’ aspirations, sharing eco-friendly methods with other communities throughout the world and serving as a living laboratory for sustainable future.

This is a free seminar hosted by the Sustainable Urban Regional Futures (SURF) Program, Global Cities Research Institute.

Seminar details

Friday 9 November 2012
10.00 am – 11.30 am

RMIT City Campus
Building 15, Level 3
Room 3 (Fig Tree Room)
Seminar 2
Enter via Bowen Lane
Melbourne Vic 3000

RSVP by 5 November to gayle.seddon@rmit.edu.au