Himalayan Consensus Secretary General Sujeev Shakya is now undertaking field work in Mekong River states of Laos and Cambodia. The Mekong River has its source from the glaciers of the Himalayas. The initiative is to bring Mekong states into the Himalayan Consensus as participants. Sujeev Shakya in recording studio at Cambodia’s most popular English language show with Sok Siphana,
Ambica Shresta, Himalayan Consensus Executive Board, and pioneer of historical conservation and preservation in Nepal as founder of the Dwarikas group of heritage hotels, announced the Himalayan Consensus Summit 2017 at the Summit Hotel in Kathmandu this past November. It was a memorable evening attended by many ambassadors and executives of civil society organisations. Ambica announced the themes of this year's Summit focusing on renewable and efficient energy solutions, water resource conservation, community empowerment and the prevention of conflict.
In 2016 the China Social Responsibility Award was given to the work of Himalayan Consensus for its advising of the ecological civilization policy of China which is promoting renewable and efficient energy systems as national policy.
The national geographic air and water conservation fund awarded the Searching for Shangri-la expeditions as the millennial expeditions and their contribution in evolving the concept of Himalayan Consensus which has advised China on its ecological civilization policies. The award was applied to an educational project of a multimedia installation exhibition,
Himalayan Consensus was invited to present its view of how Buddhist values of compassionate capital and conscientious consumption can be applied in building models for social enterprise environmental protection. Prime minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay, received Himalayan Consensus founding director Laurence Brahm, who has personally invited the prime minister to be the keynote speaker at the Himalayan Consensus summit, 2017.
The oldest tantric temple in Patan, Kathmandu was severely damaged during the 2015 earthquake. Himalayan Consensus raised funds for its restoration. The intention was to revive one temple and in turn spark an entire restoration effort in the community. This has succeeded with the entire 'bahal" or courtyard around the temple now under full restoration, creating local jobs and preserving heritage and traditional craft knowledge. The Suleman Temple was unveiled at a ceremony presided over by the community Hindu priest for Himalayan Consensus Board members and speakers at the first Himalayan Consensus Summit. The unveiling of the restored temple occurred on March 17, 2016, just within one year of the earthquake's devastating damage and was the opening event of the Summit.
Sujeev Shakya, founder of Nepal Economic Forum and Himalayan Consensus Executive Board has been a leader in organizing volunteers and youth organizations in the post earthquake relief effort in Nepal. Sujeev explains, "We have been trying to through our not-for-profit focus on just one village at Sindhupalchowk comprising of 560 households with 2500+ people and see how we can contribute to bringing their lives back to normal working with communities."
On June 12, 2015 a Himalayan Consensus fundraiser "Adopt a Temple" was held at Hong Kong's swanky Kee Club to raise funds as a kick-off for a program of temple restoration in Kathmandu Valley. Special thanks Christian Rhomberg, Chairman of Kee Club and Stilvino who sponsored the selection of wines that evening.
Nepal’s temples have been devastated by the series of earthquakes that rocked Nepal this spring has destroyed key heritage icons and religious sites. Rebuilding these temples is about community empowerment, craft and artisan revival, employment and identity, all core themes of Himalayan Consensus.
Thank you very much for your concern and good wishes since the devastating earthquake that occurred in Nepal on 25th April 2015. We have received an overwhelming number of emails, phone calls and messages, and are are deeply touched by your concern and eagerness to help. It has given us a great deal of strength and comfort in the past 10 days.
Over the last three years, we have been building a prototype of what we are calling the 'Vertical University,' which seeks to create a continuous corridor from Koshi Tappu (67 m), one of South Asia's largest aquatic bird sanctuaries, to Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), the 3rd tallest peak in the world, as a place-based conservation and education vessel to safeguard more than 6,000 species of flowering plants and 800 bird species. The idea is to build a continuous forest belt spanning 118 different forest types, from the Terai plains to the high Himalaya, where farmers are teachers and local village settings are integrated into the existing educational curriculum, bridging formal education and the indigenous knowledge held by farmers. We generated more than $200,000 to create a 100-acre land trust in the village of Yangshila, where we have based our office.
On October 23, 2015, KTK-BELT was honored with the Mountain Protection Prize by the Switzerland-based UIAA, an international climbing and mountaineering federation. KTK-BELT was selected from among 22 unique conservation projects and received a prize of $5,000 to further its mission.
Nepal is famous for its unique and ancient heritage sites, especially in the major metropolis of Kathmandu . After the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which shook the region on April 25th, not only are thousands dead, but many of these famous and precious heritage sites have sustained extensive damage. As much of Kathmandu's economy relies on tourism and religious pilgrimages, the damage is catastrophic beyond just architectural loss.
Himalayan Consensus founder Laurence Brahm sat down with the Nepalese Ambassador to China, Dr. Mahesh Maskey, and the host of the popular CCTV News show Dialogue on April 28th to discuss disaster relief in Nepal and China's role in relief efforts and future rebuilding of infrastructure.
Laurence Brahm, in conversation with John Simpson, will draw upon the ideas of the Himalayan Consensus to discuss how countries might measure growth and development performance in a way that accounts for environmental costs and assets.