MARCH 26th 2011
Promotional Event in Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park

JUNE 2011
Rice Planting in Balthali Village

“In Western Culture we care about our environment and the cleanliness of our cities because we learn it right from our first steps ... it’s part of our lives, our education and our future ... What’s lacking in Nepal is this elementary understanding about the importance of our environment and how every little thing we do every single day impacts our environment” – Quote from Jenny Lama - NETIF Advisor.


Mrs. Sunita Vaidya
NETIF Treasurer
MD- Women Entrepreneurs Development Foundation (WEDF)

NETIF Board Members


If you live near a waterway, instead of throwing your rubbish into it, leave it at your streets collection point for morning collection. Rubbish picked up by street cleaners and transported to the dumping site is much better than rubbish thrown in the River. Maybe one day Kathmandu’s river will be clean again! Can you imagine that. Don’t forget throwing rubbish in the river is ignorance!

If you like our tip, don’t just keep it to yourself, share it with your neighbours and friends!


Rhododendron Blossom Hike - 26th March 2011

The Rhododendron is the National Flower of Nepal and is one of the most spectacular blossoms found in the Alpine and Sub-Tropical Regions. In spring time the flower comes into full bloom and trees throughout the National Parks are laden with red, bringing a new beauty to the landscape. To celebrate the annual blooming of the Rhododendron, NETIF is arranging a promotional trek into Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. The program will be a two day exploration of the KVCTT and other link trails in the National Park with an overnight stay in the hill station of Chisapani.

The hike will be including a cleanup program in the Nagmati Area, one of the most important water sources in Kathmandu. Just below Mulkharaka is found the water reservoir which is fed by the Nagmati River which originates in the Dhap (Wet Lands) near to Chisapani and also the Bagmati River which flows in from the other side. These are two of the most important water sources in the National Park and preserving them and spreading the message about their importantance is paramount to the future survival of both rivers and the Kathmandu Valleys drinking water supply. The other message that NETIF is trying to spread is about the importance of preserving Nepal's National flower, the Rhododendron. NETIF hopes to emphasise the importance of this water catchment area and the flora and fauna found here.

The hike will also coincide with the Chisapani Tourism Event, where the locals will welcome tourists to the area and highlight the culture and rural way of life found in Chisapani, with the aim of promoting the region as a major tourist destination. More Details of the event will be published on our website soon. Be sure to Join NETIF on our next adventure along the KVCTT....make new friends and discover new places.

Social Welfare Council Evaluation

The Nepalese Government Organization, Social Welfare Council (SWC) has undertaken an evaluation study of NETIF’S NTOEDP (Nepal Tourism Outdoor and Environment Development Project) The NTOEDP has come to the end of its two year span and NETIF is moving on with the next phase of the project. The SWC setup a two person project evaluation team to assess the projects’ sustainability, how affective NETIF’s contribution to the project was, the local community members feelings towards NETIF and the Project, Project funds management and the overall aims and achievements of the NTOEDP.

The two person team from SWC mainly focused their research and evaluation on the areas of Dhulikhel and Nagarkot. They met with many community groups, The Dhulikhel Chamber of Commerce, Nagarkot Naldum Development Committee, Kavre District Development Committee, Local Community Groups, Kavre Guides Association and the Gauri Shankar Cultural Dance Group who are all associated with or supported by NETIF.

The feedback was positive from all areas and the SWC is now in the process of preparing a final Evaluation Report which will be submitted to NETIF on its completion. The report will be a valuable reference point for NETIF to help work out which parts and areas of the Project were a success and which ones need more work or re-thinking.

NETIF is an affiliated member of the SWC and receives the go ahead permission for our projects from the SWC, so this Evaluation report is a critical element to NETIF and our ongoing projects and our desire to present the NTOEPD as a “Model Concept” project that can be used in other similar or rurally impoverished areas of Nepal that could potentially benefit from sustainable tourism.

Model Project – Experience and Implementation

Part of the aim of the NTDOEP which has now moved into its second phase, is the concept that it will be used as a ‘Model Project’ which can be implemented in other regions of Nepal that could benefit from local tourism development. NETIF keeps an extensive range of reports and documentation of the projects as well as constantly analysis its progress and effectiveness of the actions, activities and promotion undertaken.

Creating a ‘Model Project’ is all about experience, finding the right way to go about things, networking and idea sharing with local community members affected by the project and also alliance building with local groups, government groups and other like minded I/NGO’s, Associations and Tourism Stakeholders. Finding the right way and the most effective solution is all learned from our experiences. By learning like this, NETIF has the knowledge to best know how to implement its projects through the experience we have gain during the NTDOEP. The idea behind having a ‘Model Project’ is to make future transitions smoother for other organizations wishing to implement similar tourism and environment based projects in other regions of Nepal.

NETIF is in its growing and learning phase and we are continually improving our Model Project to make it better every time we learn something new.

Funding for the Future

The New Year brought the great news of NETIF’S ongoing funding for the next three year stage of our project. The next stage of the NTOEDP has received approved funding from Suomen Latu, the Finnish Central Association for Recreational Sports and Outdoor Activities and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs - Finland. NETIF now has a limited budget for the next three years for its project work. The Main areas we are focusing on is strengthening our alliance building and networking to move NETIF onto a larger National Scale with the right connection to make positive actions on sustainable tourism and environment issues. NETIF will now work more in the development and promotion of the Project where the constructions and local level development will be taken care of by Community groups, clubs and local stakeholders with NETIF’s support and supervision.

NETIF is widening our net when it comes to alliance building and networking and to be able to secure more substantial funding to for-fill our ambitions we also need to seek alternative funding for the future. Interested potential partners are requested to join with us to help with our vision of “Better Environment for Better Tourism”. For more information about funding NETIF you can contact us.

Growing with NETIF – NETIF Eco Club

NETIF is working in 2011 to create our ECO TOURISM SOCIETY. Currently we are looking for expressions of interest from individuals who would like to be a part of NETIF through this Club. NETIF’s main objective behind the creation of our “ECO TOURISM SOCIETY” is to help build NETIF’s size and influence within Nepal giving us a louder voice when it comes to matters related to sustainable tourism and the Environment. We desire to create a forum where we can use our position to make important changes related to current environment matters within the Kathmandu Valley and eventually throughout all of Nepal. To do this the first step is increasing our size and our body of members, and that means working with people just like YOU!


  • A membership card which entitles discounts at hotels along the KVCTT
  • Discounts at restaurants in Town
  • Monthly newsletter and updates in regards to NETIF’s activities and environmental and tourist issues arousing in Kathmandu
  • Invitations to participate in NETIF’s promotional events
  • Once a month NETIF will organize outdoor day trips for our members. Trips will include discovering new hiking routes, national park visits, site and project visits and the chance for members to discover Kathmandu Valleys cultural, natural environment and recreational potential.

So share our passion for the environment and contact NETIF today about becoming a member!

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Nepal Environment Tourism Initiative Foundation (NETIF)
Lazimpat, Kathmandu
P.O. Box 3203
Phone No: 0977-1-4420774, 4420776
Email: netifnepal@gmail.com, info@netif-nepal.org