• China, India and Myanmar agree on regional cooperation for BSL

    Ramesh Tiwari
    July 1, 2014
    China, India and Myanmar agree on regional cooperation for BSL

    Kathmandu : The representatives from governments of China, India and Myanmar, in collaboration with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), developed a framework for regional cooperation for promoting conservation and sustainable development in the Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape (BSL), one of the most biodiversity rich areas in the world.

    Shared by China, India and Myanmar, the landscape unit lies at the junction of three global biodiversity hotspots, and between two important river systems, the Brahmaputra and the Salween. It is one of the seven transboundary landscapes in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region that are prioritized by ICIMOD and partners for regional-level conservation and development interventions.

    The landscape includes parts of Namdapha National Park and Tiger Reserve in India, parts of northern forest complex and six townships of Kachin state and Sagaing region in Myanmar, and Gaoligongshan region in Yunnan, China.

    The ‘Regional Cooperation Framework’ was finalized at the meeting held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on 26-27 June 2014. The event was co-organized by ICIMOD and the Forest Department at the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Myanmar, and attended by 35 participants representing government organizations and research institutions of the three countries.

    In his opening remarks,  U Win Tun, Union Minister at the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, said that the meeting was important for bringing representatives from the three countries together to discuss the ways and means for regional cooperation. 

     According to Dr Eklabya Sharma, Director of Programme Operations at ICIMOD, the framework reflects the three countries’ desire to capitalize on regional experience and expertise, and is meant to strengthen regional efforts. 

    The three BSL member countries looked positive about the regional learning from this initiative. Dr Dong Qi, Bureau of International Cooperation at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said, “The Chinese Academy of Sciences encourages the exchange programme for researchers and visiting scholars, and we look forward to working with Myanmar and India on transboundary biodiversity research and monitoring in the landscape.”

    Dr P.P. Dhyani, Director of G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, an autonomous institute of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change in India, said that India is keen to cooperate in the management of the Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape, and is already collaborating with China, Nepal, and Bhutan in other transboundary landscapes such as Kailash and Kangchenjunga.

    Similarly, Dr Nyi Nyi Kyaw, Director General of Forest Department and Member of ICIMOD’s Board of Governors, remarked that the regional framework will allow the countries to work together on “the issues that critically need transboundary cooperation.” He expressed his hope that the countries will be able to develop a concrete regional programme and make impacts on the ground.

    U Win Naing Thaw, Director of Nature and Wildlife Conservation Division at the Forest Department, and the Focal Person for BSLCDI from Myanmar, said that the initiative will not only enable conservation and development institutions to work together, but will also benefit people in the three countries by widening their livelihoods opportunities.

    The consultation concretized the ‘Regional Framework for Cooperation’, along with the institutional coordination mechanisms within each country for ensuring effective implementation of regional and national level actions in the Landscape. The BSL member countries also agreed that regional actors like ICIMOD should continue to provide a platform for regional exchange and dialogue.

    The ‘Framework’ will now be processed for endorsement by the member countries. With the endorsement, it will form a key basis of cooperation between the three BSL member countries.- ICIMOD / June 28, 2014

     

    • Connecting you with the world of travel and tourism

      What they say

      Tourism is a people’s sector. One in 10 people in the world are directly or indirectly employed by tourism. Ours is the responsibility to ensure that tourism benefits each and every community, leaving no one behind.
      Tourism’s sustained growth brings immense opportunities for economic welfare and development. Yet, it also brings in many challenges. Adapting our sector to the challenges of safety and security, to constant market changes, to digitalization and the limits of our natural resources should be priorities in our common action.
      As we move towards a future guided by the universal 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), I take upon me to lead UNWTO with a strong focus on building partnerships with public and private sector, fostering jobs and opportunities for all, mastering technology and innovation and advancing sustainability and the fight against climate change.
      I trust that, together with our Member States and our partners from around the world, we can build a more competitive and responsible tourism sector for the benefit of all. I wish you a very happy 2018.
      Zurab Pololikashvili
      UNWTO Secretary-General

      Beautiful China – Year of Integrated Tourism 2018

      China has declared the year 2018 as “Beautiful China-Year of Integrated Tourism”. The slogans are “New Era, New Tourism, New Achievements”; “Region-based Tourism, Brand New Pursuit” according to CNTA.
      http://travelbiznews.com/china-to-observe-2018-as-beautiful-china-year-of-integrated-tourism/

      Travel Fairs ( Jan.- April 2018 )

       *Vakantiebeurs  -Tourism and Recreation Fair
      Utrecht, Netherlands, January 10-14 ,2018

      *Ferien-Messe Wien Int’l Tourism Fair Vienna Vienna, Austria, Jan 11-14

      * CMT / CMT – Die Urlaubsmesse Holiday, Caravanning, Motoring and Tourism , Stuttgart, Germany Jan. 13-21

      *FITUR – Int’l Tourism Trade Fair , Madrid, Spain Jan. 17-21

      *GO Int’l Travel Trade Fair                                          Brno, Czech Republic, Jan. 18-21

      *OTM Outbound Travel Mart ,Mumbai, India, Jan. 18-20

      *Adventure Travel Show , London  20-21 January

      *ASEAN Tourism Forum ( ATF) , Chiang Mai , Thailnd January 22-26

      *EMITT-  East Mediterranean Int’l Tourism and Travel Exhibition ,Istanbul, Turkey, Jan. 25-28

      *SATTE Travel Mart , New Delhi , India            Jan. 31- Feb. 2

      *IMTM – Int’l Mediterranean Tourism Market   Tel Aviv, Israel  , Feb. 6-7

      *India Travel Mart ITM , Ahmedabad, India          Feb. 9-11

      *Travel and Tourism Fair ( TTF) , Chennai , India Feb. 16-18

      *PATA ATRT Conference and Mart , Abu Dhabi , UAE , Feb 21-23

      *Travel and Tourism Fair(TTF) , Bengaluru, India ,Feb. 23-25

      *World Spa and Wellness 2018 , London , UK Feb. 25-26

      *Guangzhou International Travel Fair Guangzhou , China  March 1-3

      *ITB Berlin Berlin , Germany March 7-11

      *Moscow Int. Tourism and Travel Exhibition ( MITT) ,Moscow , Russia March 13-15

      *IT& CM China 2018 , Shanghai , China          March 20 – 22

      *GBTA Conference Mexico City, March 21-23

      *UNWTO World Conference on Snow and Mt. Tourism ,Andorra , March 21-23

      *Arabian Travel Mart –ATM   Dubai , 22-25 April

      Wildlife in Chitawan , Nepal

      Window of Nepal Tourism

      http://www.nepaltournews.com/