"Preserve Fragile Ecosystems like Bangus Valley for future generations: Promote Eco-Tourism and Sustainable Development"

The rapid increase in tourism and development in recent years has raised concerns about the impact on the environment. We the members of Northern Conservancy are not against the development but our concern is to promote sustainable development.
"Preserve Fragile Ecosystems like Bangus Valley for future generations: Promote Eco-Tourism and Sustainable Development"
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Bangus Valley is a beautiful and ecologically sensitive area, and the rapid increase in tourism and development in recent years has raised concerns about the impact on the environment and local communities. We the members of Northern Conservancy for Sustainable Future are not against the development but our concern is to promote and embrace sustainable development only, where we will not lose such fragile and ecologically important ecosystems due to any of the unsustainable development and so-called promoting tourism activity.

Bangus Valley is a fragile and sensitive ecosystem, and it's crucial to ensure that it is left undisturbed as much as possible. The area is home to a unique and diverse range of plant and animal species, as well as important unrevealed cultural and historical sites. It was been evident that we have already a lot of fragile ecosystems, where currently we want to reverse those anthropogenic changes but it is now impossible to reverse the damage like incase of Dal lake, Jhelum, Tosa Maidan, Doodhpathri, Gulmarg, Pahalgam and many more.

The issue of unsustainable tourism and development in Bangus Valley of Kashmir is a pressing concern that requires immediate attention and action. To protect the ecosystem and preserve its natural and cultural heritage, it's important to limit human impact and avoid activities that could cause damage or disruption as seen recently on Winter Carnival-2023. This could involve measures such as creating protected areas or nature reserves, restricting access to certain areas, and promoting sustainable tourism and development practices, which is always our goal and motivation to fight for our mother nature.

Wildlife is very sensitive to noise and other types of pollution, and unsustainable tourism development can have a negative impact on ecosystems and the animals that inhabit them. It is important to balance economic development and tourism with environmental conservation and protection. In recent years, there has been an increasing awareness of the need to minimize human impact on natural ecosystems, and many initiatives have been launched to promote sustainable tourism practices. These initiatives aim to create tourism that has a minimal impact on the environment and wildlife, while still providing economic benefits to local communities.

However very unfortunately, it was observed and reported that during the tourism development (Winter Carnival 2023) DJ sets, loud speaks were installed to disturb the real inhabitants of that ecosystem. The wildlife is facing a lot of natural stress, challenges for their survival and we have no right to increase their miseries just because of our entertainment and short economical gains.

The concept of eco-tourism, if implemented correctly, can be a valuable tool for promoting sustainable development and tourism. Eco-tourism involves visiting natural areas in a way that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local communities. This can involve activities such as nature walks, bird watching, and cultural tours, and can provide economic benefits to the region while also promoting conservation and preservation.

However, it's important to ensure that eco-tourism activities are carefully managed and do not cause harm to the ecosystem. This can involve measures such as limiting visitor numbers, providing education and training for visitors and tourism operators, and working closely with local communities to ensure that their needs and concerns are addressed.

It's understandable that there may be concerns about the impact of tourism and development on the limited economy of the region. That's why it's crucial to prioritize sustainable development that benefits both the environment and local communities, rather than short-term economic gain at the expense of long-term environmental and social damage. By working together with local stakeholders, it's possible to create a sustainable and responsible tourism and development model that supports the unique natural and cultural heritage of Bangus Valley.

Ecotourism and sustainable development in Bangus Valley are crucial for the preservation of its unique biodiversity and the well-being of local communities which are directly dependent. The valley is home to millions of species including endemic and endangered ones, hundreds of rivulets and many of the ecological sensitive reserves, that play a vital role in ecosystem functioning and provide essential resources for human survival, such as clean water, food, and medicine and our dear developmental tanks and thinkers cannot reverse or afford if these mega diverse ecosystems are lost.

Our demand and request are to halt all deforestation activities that serve only to showcase nature, and to ensure that no such developments are undertaken that may jeopardize the future of our children. It is essential that we prioritize the protection and conservation of our forests while promoting sustainable development practices that benefit both present and future generations. This includes sustainable forest management practices, afforestation, and reforestation, as well as the reduction of deforestation and forest degradation. By doing so, we can safeguard our natural resources and ensure a sustainable future for all.

It is essential to have a robust policy framework that ensures the sustainable use of natural resources, promotes biodiversity conservation, and empowers local communities. The policy should include measures for monitoring and evaluating the impacts of development projects on the environment, social well-being, and economic development. Moreover, stakeholders, including government agencies, civil society organizations, and the private sector, should collaborate to develop and implement the policy effectively. This will require dialogue, participation, and consultation with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that their interests and perspectives are taken into account.

To promote sustainable development and ecotourism, the policies, plans and programs should prioritize the protection, conservation energy use, waste management, sustainable use of resources, reduction in ecological footprint strategies. The policies, plans and programs should also focus on developing sustainable tourism practices that contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and provide economic benefits for local communities.

In conclusion, it is crucial to have a comprehensive policy, plans and programs framework for promoting sustainable development and ecotourism in Bangus Valley. This will require the involvement and collaboration of all stakeholders to ensure that the policy is effectively implemented and achieves its objectives. The policy, plans and programs should be in public domain prior to any developmental activity.

"Tourism should not come at the cost of our fragile ecosystems and the well-being of local communities."

"Destroying our natural heritage for short-term gains is a grave mistake."

"Let's protect our precious ecosystems from the harmful impacts of unsustainable development and tourism."

"Unsustainable development and tourism may provide short-term gains, but the long-term costs to our environment are too high to ignore."

"Our fragile ecosystems are priceless, and we must do everything we can to protect them from unsustainable development and tourism."

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Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
12 months ago

Hi Suhail, thank you for sharing about the situation in Bangus Valley. How did you and colleagues address the problems that the Winter Carnival 2023 caused?  

I would also like to offer a suggestions for you to have a look at our Contributor guidelines to assist you with any future posts. 

Go to the profile of Suhail Bashir
12 months ago

Dear Thriza,

I appreciate your time and feedback. I would like to discuss further with you , can you send an email at Suhailbashir1272@gmail.com

I would like get connected through LinkedIn as well for better reach and understanding. https://www.linkedin.com/in/suhail-bashir-8a4451109 . I will be waiting for your time and prompt response.

Best regards,

Suhail Bashir

Environment consultant

UAE