positive global change

swiss by nationality and born in the himalayas, I am home in both worlds

my call is to work towards safeguarding their precious mountain spaces. to safeguard is to be aware of, to value and care for and to develop these spaces in a holistic and truly sustainable way.

together with local partners, we design & implement approaches to safeguard and holistically evolve the natural & cultural heritage of himalayan regions. bringing together the ancient values with today’s globalised world, to move towards a wholesome future.

re-valuating sacred mountain spaces

re-valuating sacred mountain spaces

swiss by nationality and born in the himalayas, I am home in both worlds

my call is to work towards safeguarding their precious mountain spaces. to safeguard is to be aware of, to value and care for and to develop these spaces in a holistic and truly sustainable way.

together with local partners, we design & implement approaches to safeguard and holistically evolve the natural & cultural heritage of himalayan regions. bringing together the ancient values with today’s globalised world, to move towards a wholesome future.

modeling holistic development

eco-tourism is a catalyst for value-conscious rural development. I consult local actors in creating a holistic strategy to develop their regions in a far-sighted, holistic way. based on carefully taylored model approaches, we upscale workable pilot projects, merging existing but scattered knowledge and experience, looking to benefit from what has already been successfully done. from there we evolve, valuate, innovate, and connect with relevant partners in respective fields of expertise.

pilot projects in nepal

  • terai/flat lands: madi eco-village | self-sustainable, community-based eco-tourism development in chitwan district
  • midhills of nepal: shailung eco-resort  |  piloting innovative, eco-conscious, economically enriched development in dolakha district
  • himalayan belt: khumbu arts & culture center KACC  |  a community plattform for preserving, promoting & evolving sherpa culture
  • arid northern region: wind power in upper mustang | a pilot project for decentralised renewable energy supply

madi eco-village

madi valley | chitwan district | oct 2018 – aug 2020

a joint venture with elite enterprises nepal, sustainable mountain architecturemyclimate and our local project partners: madi municipality, madi tourism development committee, bufferzone users’ committees, womens’ groups of bankatta, baghauda, dobaha & raigaon villages

co-funded by the REPIC plattform

madi

madi valley | chitwan district | oct 2018 – aug 2020

a joint venture with elite enterprises nepal, sustainable mountain architecturemyclimate and our local project partners: madi municipality, madi tourism development committee, bufferzone users’ committees, womens’ groups of bankatta, baghauda, dobaha & raigaon villages

co-funded by the REPIC plattform

 

self-sustainable, clean, community-based eco-tourism

madi-ecovillage is a pilot project with the aim to develop and promote a holistic approach to tourism in the terai region of nepal.

the project includes the construction of homestay houses based on traditional architecture coupled with modern climate-efficient design, a clean solar energy supply, safe drinking water, a smart waste management system (reduce, reuse, recycle, upcycle) and training / awareness creation to the local partners – women’s groups who will manage the homestay business as a welcome source of additional local income.

once successfully established – this holistic approach to tourism service shall be replicated in other touristic regions of nepal.

self-sustainable, clean, community-based eco-tourism

madi-ecovillage is a pilot project with the aim to develop and promote a holistic approach to tourism in the terai region of nepal.

the project includes the construction of homestay houses based on traditional architecture coupled with modern climate-efficient design, a clean solar energy supply, safe drinking water, a smart waste management system (reduce, reuse, recycle, upcycle) and training / awareness creation to the local partners – women’s groups who will manage the homestay business as a welcome source of additional local income.

once successfully established – this holistic approach to tourism service shall be replicated in other touristic regions of nepal.

project co-funding by REPIC, a swiss interdepartmental platform of the federal offices SECO, SDC, FOEN and SFOE, to promote renewable energy, energy and resource efficiency in developing and transition countries.

project team: elite enterprises nepal, sustainable mountain architecture, myclimate

local project partners: madi municipality, madi tourism development committee, bufferzone users’ committees, womens’ groups of bankatta, baghauda, dobaha & raigaon villages

 

shailung eco-resort

shailung mountain | dolakha district | may 2019 – nov 2020

a joint venture with mr. khem lakai, founder of GATE academysustainable mountain architecturesmartpaani and our local partners of shailung district. funding welcome.

shailung eco-resort

shailung mountain | dolakha district | may 2019 – nov 2020

a joint venture with mr. khem lakai, founder of GATE academysustainable mountain architecturesmartpaani and our local partners of shailung district. funding welcome.

project connections & coordination

a visionary pilot project towards innovative, holistic, ecologically and economically sustainable development in shailung / dolakha.

project connections & coordination

a visionary pilot project towards innovative, holistic, ecologically and economically sustainable development in shailung / dolakha.

nauche | solukhumbu district | may 2019 – ongoing

initiated by mr. nima sherpa and mr. tashi sherpa, supported by the local authorities, natonal sherpa culture experts, mera publications, sustainable mountain architecture, fuzzscape, urban nomads and others. additional funding support is welcome.

nauche | solukhumbu district | may 2019 – ongoing

initiated by mr. nima sherpa and mr. tashi sherpa, supported by the local authorities, natonal sherpa culture experts, mera publications, sustainable mountain architecture, fuzzscape, urban nomads and others. additional funding support is welcome.

project connections & coordination support

KACC is a vibrant cultural center in khumbu region, for the local community to research, educate, promote and evolve Khumbu arts and culture. with a focus on strengthening cultural identity in and by local youth, KACC educates and entertains the locals and outside guests with fun and memorable experiences. it works with local culture experts and artists to research, educate and pass on the language, music, songs, dances and drama of the sherpa people to future generations.

project connections & coordination support

KACC is a vibrant cultural center in khumbu region, for the local community to research, educate, promote and evolve Khumbu arts and culture. with a focus on strengthening cultural identity in and by local youth, KACC educates and entertains the locals and outside guests with fun and memorable experiences. it works with local culture experts and artists to research, educate and pass on the language, music, songs, dances and drama of the sherpa people to future generations.

decentralised renewable energy supply

windpower in upper mustang district | oct 2018 – ongoing

developing decentralised wind power supply in upper mustang: a pilot project for commercial business & livelihood development. joint venture with meteotest, elite enterprises nepal, EERDC, KAPEG, ghami solar school and the local municipalities. funding welcome.

decentralised renewable energy supply

windpower in upper mustang district | oct 2018 – ongoing

developing decentralised wind power supply in upper mustang: a pilot project for commercial business & livelihood development. joint venture with meteotest, elite enterprises nepal, EERDC, KAPEG, ghami solar school and the local municipalities. funding welcome.

project connections & coordination

this project brings together the scientific and technical knowledge needed, and connecting the relevant local and international stakeholders, with the objective to implement a functioning wind-solar hybrid power system for upper mustang, as a pilot project on a small-unit scale. a design, planning, implementation & operation guideline will serve as basis for a sustainable multiplication throughout the region.

project connections & coordination

this project brings together the scientific and technical knowledge needed, and connecting the relevant local and international stakeholders, with the objective to implement a functioning wind-solar hybrid power system for upper mustang, as a pilot project on a small-unit scale. a design, planning, implementation & operation guideline will serve as basis for a sustainable multiplication throughout the region.

monika schaffner

integrative geografie, dr. phil.-nat.
tannenbühlweg 2 | 3652 hilterfingen
schweiz | +41 79 325 65 55
nepal | +977 9810 273742
connect@monikaschaffner.biz

 

 

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integrative geografie, dr. phil.-nat.
tannenbühlweg 2 | 3652 hilterfingen | schweiz | +41 79 325 65 55
nepal | +977 9810 273742 | connect@monikaschaffner.biz

 

 

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