The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is situated in the Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh. It was established in 1999. In 2014, it was included in The UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites under the criteria of “Exceptional Natural beauty and conservation of biological diversity”
The need for the establishment of the park is basically for the protection of its flora as well as the fauna. There is no exploitation of the Park resources allowed as it comes under the wildlife protection act of 1972. The local people are not allowed to enter the area of the park. The place which used to provide livelihood possibilities to the local people is now totally cut off. The women, who used to collect firewood from the area, collect and sell medicinal herbs and considered the forest their home, don’t even get to enter the area.
Therefore, conservation of the park comes with its downside, which affects the local people’s livelihoods. Conservation will be effective only if the socioeconomic issues are considered and addressed.
This is the main objective of our social enterprise : Himalayan Ecotourism.