himalaya

himalaya

I contribute with my work towards safeguarding the natural & cultural heritage of himalayan regions. to safeguard is to be aware of, to value and care for and to develop these spaces in a wholistic and truly sustainable way. to bring together the ancient heritage with today’s world and to find ways to move towards a wholesome future, building on the old values while opening to the new.

true sustainable development in mountain regions

true sustainable development in mountain regions

I contribute with my work towards safeguarding the natural & cultural heritage of himalayan regions. to safeguard is to be aware of, to value and care for and to develop these spaces in a wholistic and truly sustainable way. to bring together the ancient heritage with today’s world and to find ways to move towards a wholesome future, building on the old values while opening to the new.

projects & mandates

on-going projects

  • khumbu arts & culture center KACC  |  a community plattform for preserving, promoting & evolving sherpa culture in nauche | nepal
  • sailung eco-village  |  piloting innovative, eco-conscious, economically enriched development in dolakha district | nepal
  • madi eco-village | self-sustainable, community-based eco-tourism development in chitwan district | nepal
  • mindwalk | exclusive himalayan trekking retreats

previous projects

  • climate change adaptation in upper mustang | kamforsud
  • projects for weather forecasting and wind modeling | meteotest

mindwalk

exclusive trekking retreats in high altitude spaces

in collaboration with highland eco trek |  and sujeev shakya 

mindwalk

exclusive trekking retreats in high altitude spaces

in collaboration with highland eco trek |  and sujeev shakya 

bringing exclusive awareness to the himalayan spaces

with our mindwalks, we refine the experience of travelling & trekking in the himalayan region (nepal, ladakh, bhutan, sikkim). we offer exclusive premium tours with a holistic approach, aiming to bring consciousness into the himalayan spaces. by heightening awareness of the sacredness of the spaces we visit – both in the outside and our inside spaces – we reinstate appreciation, value and awe towards the environmental & cultural heritage we travel through.

upcoming tours & more details

bringing exclusive awareness to the himalayan spaces

with our mindwalks, we refine the experience of travelling & trekking in the himalayan region (nepal, ladakh, bhutan, sikkim). we offer exclusive premium tours with a holistic approach, aiming to bring consciousness into the himalayan spaces. by heightening awareness of the sacredness of the spaces we visit – both in the outside and our inside spaces – we reinstate appreciation, value and awe towards the environmental & cultural heritage we travel through.

upcoming tours & more details

madi eco-village

madi valley | chitwan district | nepal | 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 | nepal | 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

 

intermediate project mandate

village of yara | upper mustang | nepal | kamforsud

project site visit together with our local project partner | sept 2016

intermediate project mandate

village of yara | upper mustang | nepal | kamforsud

project site visit together with our local project partner | sept 2016

climate change adaptation in upper mustang

following earlier collaborations in 2012 and 2013, we developed a new project phase for sustainable adaptation to climate change in this risk-prone village. jointly with the local initiators and the village committee, we selected potential measures for more effective water use – in combination with the creation of added economic value through tourism.

climate change adaptation in upper mustang

following earlier collaborations in 2012 and 2013, we developed a new project phase for sustainable adaptation to climate change in this risk-prone village. jointly with the local initiators and the village committee, we selected potential measures for more effective water use – in combination with the creation of added economic value through tourism.

mandate for sourcing new projects

remote mountain areas in nepal | meteotest

sept 2016

mandate for sourcing new projects

remote mountain areas in nepal | meteotest

sept 2016

weather forecasting & windpower potential modeling

I support meteotest in assessing potentials and opportunities of collaboration, within my extended network and with local communities, in regard to weather forecasting and windpower potential modeling. the aim is to bring meteotest’s services to economies in remote mountain areas of nepal.

weather forecasting & windpower potential modeling

I support meteotest in assessing opportunities of collaboration, within my own extended network and with local communities, in regard to weather forecasting and windpower potential modeling. the aim is to bring meteotest’s services to economies in remote mountain areas of nepal.

monika schaffner

phd integrative geography
tannenbühlweg 2 | 3652 hilterfingen
switzerland | +41 79 325 65 55
connect@monikaschaffner.biz

 
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phd integrative geography
tannenbühlweg 2 | 3652 hilterfingen | switzerland | +41 79 325 65 55 | connect@monikaschaffner.biz

 
© 2019 | connecting spaces | all rights reserved.