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Himalayan Ecotourism's Stephen Marchal On How To Curb Overtourism

When the founder of Himalayan Ecotourism noticed how competition between local stakeholders led to destructive overtourism, he decided to form a co-operative that worked collectively for the Tirthan valley community of Himachal Pradesh

Stephen Marchal Photo: Courtesy: Himalayan Ecotourism

For seven years, Stephan Marchal worked in the field of rural development with the Munda community of Jharkhand, specialising in the conservation of the living world through the social and economic empowerment of rural women. When he moved to the Himalayas in 2011, he started Himalayan Ecotourism to nurture sustainable development in the Tirthan valley of Himachal Pradesh.