Waste management, existing permit system among obstacles for sustainable tourism in Lachen

Monday, Mar 21, 2022 07:45 [IST]

Last Update: Monday, Mar 21, 2022 02:06 [IST]

Waste management, existing permit system among obstacles for sustainable tourism in Lachen

GANGTOK,: A workshop on sustainable tourism was held at Lachen today. The workshop was organised by Lachen Tourism Development Committee (LTDC) and Lachen Dzumsa, under the banner of GEF-GOI-UNDP SECURE Himalaya project, at Dzumsa House in Lachen.

The main objective of the workshop was to deliberate and discuss the challenges and solutions for sustainable tourism in Lachen and to learn from best eco-tourism related practices in other areas, informs a press release.

The workshop was attended by representatives of Lachen Dzumsa, LTDC members, Lachen driver and Lachen hotel associations, Police and Forest officials.

Rajarshi Chakraborty, State project officer of SECURE Himalaya project, gave a presentation on SECURE Himalaya Project and its activities in collaboration with the LTDC and Dzumsa in Lachen so far.

He also highlighted the unique biodiversity of Tso Lhamo area and urged for collaborative conservation efforts while ensuring benefit sharing from sustainable tourism.

The main resource person of the day, Kinzong Bhutia, founder-member of Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee, Yuksam, gave a presentation on eco-tourism approaches and principles in mountain areas, focusing on Sikkim. He cited various examples of successful eco-tourism initiatives in Ladakh, Bhutan and Kerala, solely based on rare species like snow leopard, black necked crane and tiger. While discussing the various advantages Sikkim has for eco-tourism, he also highlighted the potential challenges for sustainable eco-tourism in Lachen and outlined various solutions.

During the workshop, the entry ticket for visitors to Gurudongmar Lake to be implemented by Lachen Dzumsa and LTDC and supported by SECURE Himalaya project was formally released.

It was informed that a part of the proceeds from the entry fee shall be utilised by the local community in conservation and environmental protection-related activities.

The workshop concluded with an open discussion on various issues and challenges related to sustainable tourism in Lachen where the representatives highlighted critical issues related to waste management, tourist awareness, the existing permit system, etc. 

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi