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Adventure Course Summer 2007

Adventure Course Summer 2007

May 8, 2007 marked the beginning of an incredible three week, six credit hour adventure course for a team of fifteen students from Georgia Southern University (GSU). The students studied Sustainable Mountain Development and Mountain Geography while being led from the plains of Delhi to the towering Himalayan peaks of the Garhwal by Dr. Keith […]

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The Hindu: Enigmatic Peak

The Hindu: Enigmatic Peak

Vijay Sharma, The Hindu March 4, 2007 IT is not the highest Indian peak — not unless one imposes the rather stringent condition of requiring the recipient of that honour to be “located entirely within the country’s borders”. But Nanda Devi is arguably the most beautiful, and almost certainly the most enigmatic, of India’s many […]

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Trekking in the Himalayas open to students

Trekking in the Himalayas open to students

Trekking the Himalayan Mountains while living in villages among native mountain people may thought to be found only in the movies, but Appalachian State University students are getting the chance to do just this. Through a company called Nature-Link Institute, students from all over the country are getting the chance to participate in a 22-day […]

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Gear for Garhwal a resounding success!

Gear for Garhwal a resounding success!

By Ian Snider Garhwal Post, November 30, 2006 Recently, an event was held which marked the greatest step to date in the struggle for Bhotiya rights to the slopes of their blessed Nanda Devi. The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) graduated a crop of students which come mostly from Niti Valley Garhwal, cradle of the […]

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Trained for the Mountain

Trained for the Mountain

After years of fundraising, grant writing, and recruiting, Mountain Shepherds sent fourty boys from the upper reaches of the Uttarakhand Himalayas to the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering for basic mountaineering training, as part of a drive to involve local people in mountain tourism. Anjali Nauriyal Times of India (Doon Plus Edition) September 30, 2006 Download […]

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Nanda Devi opens door after 24 yrs, women first

Nanda Devi opens door after 24 yrs, women first

By Neelesh Misra Hindustan Times New Delhi, September 14, 2006 India’s second highest peak — Nanda Devi — has stood in its Himalayan isolation for 24 years, looming sombre over Uttarakhand’s impoverished villages — where tourism and mountaineering once brought prosperity. Seventeen women climbers from four countries want to turn around the region’s fortune. The […]

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Jungle raj tourism vs. the people

Jungle raj tourism vs. the people

Himal Magazine (May 2006) In the mountain fastness of Nanda Devi, which gave the Chipko movement to Southasia, the local communities are battling the Uttarakhand authorities to retain benefits from tourists when they arrive – ‘ecotourism’ or not. It is oddly tempting to describe the area known as the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve as ‘tucked […]

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Interview with Bali Devi

Interview with Bali Devi

October 31, 2004 Bali Devi Rana, Head of the Mahila Mangal Dal (Women Welfare Group) of village Reni (Chamoli Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India) has recently returned from the Global Women’s Conference on Environment, organized by UNEP at Nairobi (Kenya) on 11-13 October 2004, where she shared the inaugural stage with Nobel peace laureate Prof Wangari Maathai. […]

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The issues and concerns of Chipko are still alive today

The issues and concerns of Chipko are still alive today

Press Club, Dehradun 21 October 2004 The Alliance for Development organized a press conference at the Press Club, Dehra Dun on 21 October 2004, on the return of Bali Devi and Biju Negi from the Global Women’s Assembly on Environment, at Nairobi (Kenya). The following Press Note was circulated to the media on the occasion. […]

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Bali Devi’s address in Nairobi

Bali Devi’s address in Nairobi

This is the translation of Bali Devi’s address to the UNEP Women As the Voice for the Environment Conference in Nairobi. Bali Devi is the Mahila Mangal Dal President of Reni village, a post once held by Gaura Devi. The speech marks the first time that a grassroots indigenous Chipko woman activist has spoken at […]