A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.
- John James Audubon
Trekking and outdoor recreation in India need quality standards, regulation and oversight, not bans.
In a recent hearing at Nainital, Uttarakhand’s High Court banned overnight treks at alpine meadows across the state, one of India’s most important Himalayan destinations, and limited tourism to 200 visitors at a given time, citing ecosystem preservation as its rationale. The ban is an overactive reflex to recent trekking accidents that have resulted in deaths, as well as a mounting degradation of the Himalayan ecosystem due to mismanaged waste. The impact of this ban is massive. An average 200,000 trekkers visit Uttarakhand each year.
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