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Conference Themes

  • Mountains nurturing communities
  • Sustainable mountaineering – the Everest factors
  • Development pressures – balancing local priorities, conservation and tourism
  • Tourism, trade and regional cooperation – promoting economic, ecological, and geographical connectivity
Conference Themes

The Purpose

  • To honour mountain voices and to promote increased understanding of the Himalaya as an “abode of the gods”
  • To provide a platform for issues from the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region to be discussed, debated and consolidated in order to influence policy and to have a unified voice in other global arenas
  • To strengthen tourism to the Hindu Kush Himalaya region
  • To learn and share global best practices in the four themes of the conference
  • To explore opportunities for national and regional cooperation
  • To synergize national, regional and global networks for strengthening mountain solutions in the region
The Purpose

Organizing Committee

This Conference will be hosted by the Nepal Tourism Board, NTB as a key Visit Nepal Year 2020 activity and organized by Climate Alliance of Himalayan Communities, CAHC. The core organizing committee comprises Ang Tshering Sherpa, Dawa Steven Sherpa, Dr. Ganesh Gurung, Lisa Choegyal and Prashant Singh.

Organizing Committee

Speakers

A range of relevant speakers have been invited, particularly focusing on international presenters, and Hindu Kush Himalayan speakers with experience from Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and stakeholders from the Great Himalaya Trail.

Speakers

Who’s Speaking

The Sustainable Summits Conferences 2020 organizing committee along with sustainable summits initiative are formalizing a list of guest speakers. Relevant presenters are being selected and invited with advice from the sponsors and the international Sustainable Summits committee, particularly those relevant to the conference themes. Confirmed speakers till today are:

Dr. Alton C. ByersSr. Research Associate and Faculty, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado at Boulder

Alton C. Byers, Ph.D. is a mountain geographer, conservationist, and mountaineer specializing in applied research, high altitude ecosystems, climate change, glacier hazards, and integrated conservation and development programs. He is currently a Senior Research Associate and Faculty at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado at Boulder; Senior Fellow at The Mountain Institute; and National Geographic Society Explorer and Expeditions Expert.

Dr. Alton C. ByersSr. Research Associate and Faculty, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado at Boulder

Alton C. Byers, Ph.D. is a mountain geographer, conservationist, and mountaineer specializing in applied research, high altitude ecosystems, climate change, glacier hazards, and integrated conservation and development programs. He is currently a Senior Research Associate and Faculty at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado at Boulder; Senior Fellow at The Mountain Institute; and National Geographic Society Explorer and Expeditions Expert.

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Ben FogleEnglish broadcaster, writer and adventurer

Ben Fogle is an award winning Broadcaster and adventurer. He has written 9 Sunday Times Best selling books and is the United Nations Patron of the Wilderness.

Ben has climbed Mount Everest, Rowed across the Atlantic, Raced across Antarctica to the South Pole and crossed the deserts of the Empty Quarter in the Middle East.

He has presented numerous programmes for the BBC, ITV, C5 and Discovery including the hit series New Lives in the Wild
A fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. He is ambassador to WWF, Tusk and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and Patron of The Red Cross and United Nations.

Ben FogleEnglish broadcaster, writer and adventurer

Ben Fogle is an award winning Broadcaster and adventurer. He has written 9 Sunday Times Best selling books and is the United Nations Patron of the Wilderness.

Ben has climbed Mount Everest, Rowed across the Atlantic, Raced across Antarctica to the South Pole and crossed the deserts of the Empty Quarter in the Middle East.

He has presented numerous programmes for the BBC, ITV, C5 and Discovery including the hit series New Lives in the Wild
A fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. He is ambassador to WWF, Tusk and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and Patron of The Red Cross and United Nations.

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Sir Chris BoningtonRenowned Mountaineer

Chris, Britain’s best-known mountaineer, writer, photographer and lecturer, started climbing at the age of 16 in 1951. It has been his passion ever since. He made the first British ascent of the North Wall of the Eiger and led the expedition that made the first ascent of The South Face of Annapurna, the biggest and most difficult climb in the Himalayas at the time. He went on to lead the successful expedition making the first ascent of the South West Face of Everest in 1975 and then reached the summit of Everest himself in 1985 with a Norwegian expedition. His greatest epic was the first ascent of The Ogre in the Karakoram with Doug Scott in 1978.
He still has that passion for the mountains as he had at the beginning.
He has written 19 books, fronted numerous television programmes and has lectured to the public and corporate audiences all over the world. He received a knighthood in 1996 for services to mountaineering, is deputy patron of Outward Bound and numerous other organisations and is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Berghaus.

Sir Chris BoningtonRenowned Mountaineer

Chris, Britain’s best-known mountaineer, writer, photographer and lecturer, started climbing at the age of 16 in 1951. It has been his passion ever since. He made the first British ascent of the North Wall of the Eiger and led the expedition that made the first ascent of The South Face of Annapurna, the biggest and most difficult climb in the Himalayas at the time. He went on to lead the successful expedition making the first ascent of the South West Face of Everest in 1975 and then reached the summit of Everest himself in 1985 with a Norwegian expedition. His greatest epic was the first ascent of The Ogre in the Karakoram with Doug Scott in 1978.
He still has that passion for the mountains as he had at the beginning.
He has written 19 books, fronted numerous television programmes and has lectured to the public and corporate audiences all over the world. He received a knighthood in 1996 for services to mountaineering, is deputy patron of Outward Bound and numerous other organisations and is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Berghaus.

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David BreashearsAmerican mountaineer, filmmaker, author
David BreashearsAmerican mountaineer, filmmaker, author
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Dawa Steven SherpaNepalese Sherpa entrepreneur & Mountaineer

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Dawa Steven SherpaNepalese Sherpa entrepreneur & Mountaineer

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Guy CotterProfessional mountain climber and guide

Guy Cotter is a mountain climber and guide with a wealth of experience in all things climbing, especially high altitude mountaineering at a professional level.

Guy has climbed to the summit of Mt Everest five times and he has climbed seven of the fourteen mountains in the world over 8,000 metres high. He has climbed the Seven Summits (highest summit on each of the world’s seven continents) and has built up one of the world’s premier mountain guiding companies; Adventure Consultants Ltd.

He has skied to the South Pole and done numerous Antarctic expeditions including several ascents of the highest peak in Antarctica (Vinson Massif), the first ascent of Mt Slaughter and a number of first ascents on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Guy CotterProfessional mountain climber and guide

Guy Cotter is a mountain climber and guide with a wealth of experience in all things climbing, especially high altitude mountaineering at a professional level.

Guy has climbed to the summit of Mt Everest five times and he has climbed seven of the fourteen mountains in the world over 8,000 metres high. He has climbed the Seven Summits (highest summit on each of the world’s seven continents) and has built up one of the world’s premier mountain guiding companies; Adventure Consultants Ltd.

He has skied to the South Pole and done numerous Antarctic expeditions including several ascents of the highest peak in Antarctica (Vinson Massif), the first ascent of Mt Slaughter and a number of first ascents on the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Mark WatsonHead of Major Floras Research Programme at Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh UK
Mark WatsonHead of Major Floras Research Programme at Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh UK
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Peter Debrine
Peter DeBrineWorld Heritage Tourism Specialist at UNESCO

Mr. DeBrine joined UNESCO in 2011 to coordinate the World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme, providing a global framework for finding coordinated sustainable tourism solutions for heritage conservation and local community development. As a Senior Project Officer he spearheads the implementation of the overall programme activities including project management, outreach and resource mobilization.

Previously he was the Director of the World Heritage Alliance at the United Nations Foundation.

With extensive experience in sustainable development and tourism, Mr. DeBrine held the position of Deputy Director of the International Tourism Partnership for the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum where he worked with major hotel companies to create practical sustainability strategies and tools for the tourism industry.  Formerly, Mr. DeBrine worked as a Forestry Officer for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization where he helped shape an international partnership for sustainable development in mountain regions. This builds on his many years as an environmental campaigner for WWF working on climate change, endangered species and sustainable tourism issues in the US and Europe.

Mr. DeBrine holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder. 

Peter Debrine
Peter DeBrineWorld Heritage Tourism Specialist at UNESCO

Mr. DeBrine joined UNESCO in 2011 to coordinate the World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme, providing a global framework for finding coordinated sustainable tourism solutions for heritage conservation and local community development. As a Senior Project Officer he spearheads the implementation of the overall programme activities including project management, outreach and resource mobilization.

Previously he was the Director of the World Heritage Alliance at the United Nations Foundation.

With extensive experience in sustainable development and tourism, Mr. DeBrine held the position of Deputy Director of the International Tourism Partnership for the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum where he worked with major hotel companies to create practical sustainability strategies and tools for the tourism industry.  Formerly, Mr. DeBrine worked as a Forestry Officer for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization where he helped shape an international partnership for sustainable development in mountain regions. This builds on his many years as an environmental campaigner for WWF working on climate change, endangered species and sustainable tourism issues in the US and Europe.

Mr. DeBrine holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder. 

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Reinhold MessnerSouth Tyrolean mountaineer, adventurer, explorer, author and filmmaker

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Climber, writer, filmmaker, photographer and Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004, Reinhold Messner started climbing mountains at the age of five and has been one of the world’s most outstanding mountaineers for thirty years. In his over three thousand climbs he has achieved over a hundred first ascents, and was the first to climb all of the world's 8000-metre peaks. Messner was the first to reach Mount Everest's top without oxygen support. He has crossed by foot the Antarctic, Greenland, Tibet, the deserts Gobi and Takla Makan.

Reinhold MessnerSouth Tyrolean mountaineer, adventurer, explorer, author and filmmaker

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Climber, writer, filmmaker, photographer and Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004, Reinhold Messner started climbing mountains at the age of five and has been one of the world’s most outstanding mountaineers for thirty years. In his over three thousand climbs he has achieved over a hundred first ascents, and was the first to climb all of the world's 8000-metre peaks. Messner was the first to reach Mount Everest's top without oxygen support. He has crossed by foot the Antarctic, Greenland, Tibet, the deserts Gobi and Takla Makan.

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Schedule

The organizing committee is working on the final schedule. The Draft however gives an indication on how the program will be scheduled.

  • Day 1 01 June 2020
  • Day 2 02 June 2020
  • Day 3 3 June 2020
  • Day 4 4 June 2020
  • Day 5 5 June 2020
  • Lakure
09:00 AM - 06:00 PMArrival

Resident guests /participants arrive at Lakuri Bhanjyang

03:00 PMRegistration opens

Registration opens at the pre-conference room

06:00 PM - 10:00 PMWelcome Dinner
  • Lakure
08:00 AM - 09:15 AMRegistration / Welcome
09:30 AM - 10:00 AMOpening / Inauguration
Mountains nurturing communities
09:55 AMMountains nurturing communities
10:00 AM - 10:25 AMTalk 1 By Speaker 1
10:30 AM - 10:55 AMTalk 2 By Speaker 2
11:00 AM - 11:25 AMCoffee Break

Coffee Break

11:30 AM - 11:55 AMTalk 3 By Speaker 3
12:00 PM - 12:25 PMTalk 4 By Speaker 4
12:30 PM - 02:00 PMLunch
02:05 PM - 03:40 PMOpen Air Workshops
  • Workshop 1 – Climate Uncertainties and Nepali Mountains
  • Workshop 2 – TBC
  • Workshop 3 – TBC
03:40 PM - 04:00 PMCoffee Break
Development pressures – balancing local priorities, conservation and tourism
04:00 PM - 06:00 PMDevelopment pressures – balancing local priorities, conservation and tourism
04:05 PM - 04:30 PMTalk 5 By Speaker 5
04:35 PM - 05:00 PMTalk 6 By Speaker 6
05:05 PM - 05:30 PMTalk 7 By Speaker 7
05:35 PM - 06:00 PMTalk 8 By Speaker 8
  • Lakure
12:30 PM - 02:00 PMLunch
08:00 AM - 12:00 PMICIMOD – Knowledge Park – Field Visit

Resident participants gather at the venue and take a trip to ICIMOD – Knowledge Park, Godavari

Sustainable mountaineering – the Everest factor
02:20 PM - 04:20 PMSustainable mountaineering – the Everest factor
02:20 PM - 02:45 PMTalk 9 By Speaker 9
02:50 PM - 03:15 PMTalk 10 By Speaker 10
03:20 PM - 03:45 PMTalk 11 By Speaker 11
03:50 PM - 04:15 PMTalk 12 By Speaker 12
04:20 PM - 04:45 PMCoffee Break
04:50 PM - 05:30 PMPoster Session
Closing Remarks / Free Evening
05:30 PMClosing Remarks / Free Evening
  • Lakure
Opening of the High Mountain Innovation Space
08:30 AMOpening of the High Mountain Innovation Space
Tourism, trade and regional cooperation – promoting economic, ecological, and geographical connectivity
09:00 AMTourism, trade and regional cooperation – promoting economic, ecological, and geographical connectivity
09:00 AM - 09:25 AMTalk 13 By Speaker 13
09:30 AM - 09:55 AMTalk 14 By Speaker 14
10:00 AM - 10:25 AMCoffee Break
10:30 AM - 10:55 AMTalk 15 By Speaker 15
11:00 AM - 11:25 AMTalk 16 By Speaker 16
11:30 AM - 11:55 AMTalk 17 By Speaker 17
12:00 AM - 12:25 AMTalk 18 By Speaker 18
12:30 PM - 02:00 PMLunch
02:05 PM - 04:00 PMOpen Air Workshops
  • Workshop 1
  • Workshop 2
  • Workshop 3
04:30 PM - 04:55 PMTalk 19: Looking Back at Previous Conferences / Achievements
05:00 PM - 05:25 PMTalk 20: Future Conference – Prospect
05:30 PM - 06:00 PMClosing Ceremony
07:00 PMClosing Dinner
  • Lakure
09:00 AMStudy workshop conducted by Mountain Research Initiative University of Bern
10:00 AMDeparture

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