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Nepal Environment & Tourism Initiative Foundation (NETIF)
Nepal Environment and Tourism Initiative Foundation (NETIF)
Lazimpat, Kathmandu
Tel:  4420776, 4420774
Fax no: 4420778
Email ID : info@netif-nepal.org
Website : www.netif-nepal.org

Representative in the STN
Name : Mr. Arun Shrestha
Designation : President
E-mail : arun@netif-nepal.org


Year of establishment :
Established in 2062


Short Description or profile of the organization
NETIF is a non-profit, non-political and non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in 2006 by the group of people from Kathmandu and Dhulikhel who have been working in tourism and environment. It has been registered as NGO in 2008 with Government of Nepal. Since its establishment, it has been working in different social, environment and tourism fields in Dhulikhel and surrounding areas. NETIF works with locals and international specialists by combining tourism and environmental issues.

AIM:
NETIF’s aim is to integrate sustainable environmental conservation and community development programme for tourism development.


Vision:
Better Environmental for Better Tourism
Core Vision:
Our core vision is to enhance sustainable tourism development combining together with heartfelt concern for environment and livelihood improvements in Nepal.  In this regards, NETIF stands as a focal point that would make a catalytic effect to all the Government and Non-government Organizations of Nepal.
Objectives:
    To promote sustainable tourism and environmental  practices
    Resource Mobilization and Product Development
To act for better environment and tourism up-liftments

Primary focus
Research
Project implementation
Strategic planning
Human Resource Development
Institutional Development
Sustainable Tourism Development
Fundraising
Marketing and Promotion
Product Development

Ongoing activities related to sustainable tourism

Awareness and Local Institutional Building
•    4 Tourism Development Committees formed and mobilized.  
•    4 Tourism and Environment Management Fund created.
•    60 wooden awareness boards carved and placed at trails.
Small Scale Infrastructure
•    10 incinerators constructed in the major settlements.
•    210 waste collection bins placed throughout the trail.
•    2 Community buildings constructed
•    1 public toilet constructed
•    A new gate constructed in Sundarijal
•    7 Tourists rest houses constructed in the trekking trail.
•    6000 meter trail upgraded    
•    60 wooden signage carved and placed at the trail.
Local Capacity Building
•    38 people trained in Small Hotel and Lodge management Training
•    28 people trained in Mushroom and Off seasonal vegetable Cultivation
•    25 people trained in Doll making from Corn husk( Waste to Resources)
•    31 local people trained in Local Tour Guide Training
•    Waste to Resources: Doll making from clothe waste
•    Food and Personal Hygiene and Sanitation in Hotel   
Networking and alliance building
•    4 cleanup campaign completed in various destinations.
•    1 workshop organized on Organic farming
•    1 workshop organized in Waste management Issues in Tourist Destination
•     1 workshop conducted on Heritage conservation in Sustainable Tourism around Panauti Area
Conservation and Alternative Energy
•    Partial support to Wind Turbine instillation in Chisapani.
•    Partial support to improved cooking stove instillation in 34 households in Mulkharaka.
•    5000 tree plantation in Dhulikhel and Panauti area.
•    3 Landslide protection wall constructed in landslide prone areas.
•    Partial support on  ecological resources management in Haibung( Sindhupalchok)
Research /Survey
•    Two surveys completed on Quality ,Quantity and managerial aspects of Solid Waste Management( Nagarkot and Dhulikhel)
•    One Feasibility study on Livelihood Improvement through Agro tourism in trekking Trail( Mulkharka to Chisapani)
•    Study of Solid Waste management in between Sundarijal Chisapani and Jhule Corridor in Shivapuri National Park for Sustainable Wildlife Tourism.
•    Study of garbage management Practices between Mulkharka and Bagdwar within Shivapuri national Park for Superior Wildlife Eco tourism.
Promotional activities
•    1000 brochure published on Kathmandu valley cultural  trail (in press)
•    1Website developed and regularly updated  www.netif-nepal.org
•    6 hoarding boards including tourism resource map developed.
•    Media coverage of trekking trails in 10 major medias of Nepal
•    A Guidebook  published on Trekking trail
•    Presentation of Kathmandu Valley Cultural Trekking Trail in THIRD NEPAL TOURISM FAIR/THIRD HIMALAYAN MART
•    Travel Log Preparation on Kathmandu Valley Cultural trekking trails
•    Travel log telecasted through Nepal Television (On going)



Geographic areas location (DDC/VDC) 0f ongoing activities
DDC : Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Kavre


Planned activities related to sustainable tourism
a.    local capacity development ,
b.    Preservation of cultural and natural heritage.
c.    Encouraging tourism entrepreneurs to practice responsible tourism.
d.    Encouraging corporate houses to practice environment and social responsibility.
e.    Environment Awareness building and mobilization of School going children in the trekking trail.
f.    Internship program for University students.
g.    Further initiation of programs in tourism, environment and climate change.

Geographic areas location (DDC/VDC) of planned activities
DDC : Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Kavre


Past activities related to sustainable tourism
h.    Awareness and Local Institutional Building
i.    Small Scale Infrastructure
j.    Local Capacity Building
k.    Networking and alliance building
l.    Conservation and Alternative Energy
m.    Research /Survey
n.    Promotional activities

Geographic areas location (DDC/VDC) of past activities
DDC : Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Kavre


Strengths of the organization
Tourism plans and reviews
Tourism infrastructure development
Capacity building
Research and Publication
Cooperation/ networking with other partners
Trainings
Social mobilization
Marketing & Promotion
PPP
Awareness building
Technical Advices
Fundraising
Environment awareness/ preservation
Culture and Heritage conservation
Forward/backward linkages in local economy
Monitoring and Evaluation
Conservation and preservation
Corporate social responsibility
Social inclusion and gender
SME development
Project management