Tourism value chain study in Ladakh
The study was initiated with a workshop titled ‘Tourism value chain in Ladakh’ jointly organised by WWF-India in collaboration with ICIMOD; Department of Wildlife Protection, Leh and Department of Tourism, Government of J&K on November 1, 2012. This was attended by a wide range of stakeholders from various fields. The Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Mr. Rigzin Spalbar inaugurated the workshop.
On the occasion he spoke about how tourism is a double-edged sword and short-term gains may take precedence over long-term environmental considerations. However, natural ecosystems and biological resources that may be threatened by tourism development provide the very goods and services that underpin the tourism industry. He informed the participants of an ‘environment fee’ that has been collected this tourist season in Ladakh which will be used for nature conservation in the region.
The workshop was a good beginning for the overall study on tourism value chain. As a follow up, separate meetings will be held with the various stakeholders to further understand this complex tourism chain. Accordingly, measures will be suggested for a value-based tourism which can benefit the local economy and communities, and cause no harm to the environment of the region at the same time.