Key Documents

Redefining Tourism – Experiences and Insights from Rural Tourism Projects in India
Prepared by Equations, November 2008

Community Rights and Livelihoods in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve
Prepared for ICIMOD Talking Points Series September 2006

Nanda Devi Campaign Information Booklet
Prepared for UNEP Conference September 2004

Nanda Devi Declaration
The Nanda Devi Biodiversity Conservation and Eco Tourism Declaration, October 14, 2001.

Workshop Proceedings
Proceedings of the workshop on Community Based Conservation & Ecotourism in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, October 29-31, 2001

PowerPoint Presentation
Summarizing the proceedings of the October 2001 workshop.

Namche Conference
The struggle for community based conservation and equitable tourism in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve in India, May 24-26, 2003.

Case Study
Local Control and the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Sustainable Mountain Communities Conference, Banff, Alberta, June 14-18, 2003.

Key Articles

Inde: les paysans privés de terres au nom de l’écologie
from GEO January 2005 (French).

Community-Based Ecotourism in the NDBR
from the American Alpine Newsletter Winter 2004.

NDBR file from the protected areas database

Book Excerpt on Nanda Devi’s Sacredness
From Hinduism Today July/August 2000

Scientific Publications (Maikhuri et al)
The research group of R.K.Maikhuri, S. Nautiyal, K.S. Rao, K.G. Saxena, et al. have studied conservation and socio-economic development issues in the NDBR since 1992. They have conducted in-depth scientific, participatory and action research in the buffer zone villages of NDBR using diverse currencies such as ecological, social and economic to analyse different production systems and natural resource collection/consumption patterns. This has in turn formed the basis for designing appropriate strategies and identifying priority interventions for management of NDBR on one side and conflict resolution on the others.

Scientific Publications (Kuniyal et al)
The research group of J.C. Kuniyal et al., have studied conservation within a wider regional context.

Partial listing of news and books


Nature Link
Mountain Shepherds US partner that connects people and nature through research, advocacy, and education.

Organization dedicated to building equitable tourism which bring economic benefits directly to all segments of the host community, particularly women and indigenous peoples.

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) based in Kathmandu has recently commissioned a study on ‘Equity and Poverty in the Management of Common Property Resources in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas’ as part of its Participatory Action Research Programme.

Voluntary group working since 1979 on environmental education, research, campaigns, and direct action.

Conservation and Livelihoods Network
An attempt to rebuild the frayed relationships between conservationists and social activists.

Ecotourism Hot Spots

Great Himalayan National Park
Situated next door in Himachal Pradesh, the GHNP has shared some of the same experiences as Nanda Devi, and is making strides towards developing its ecotourism potential.