The ProjectThis PhD study is to examine the ongoing landscape transformation in Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park and assess the impacts of such change on selected environmental services (e.g. water provision, protection from hazards). The research aims to provide insight into the underlying drivers of land use and cover change and what this means for the sustainability of the region. In addition, the research findings will generate a portfolio of adaptation strategies, specific to the National Park, capable of informing affected stakeholders of the scenarios for different management trajectories.
Carried out in collaboration with local and international research groups as well as local Sherpas, this research will also contribute to the capacity building of local scholars in the field of land change science. The results will be used by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Conservation, Nepal, and if successful will be used as a model for other mountain protected areas.