Appeals: The Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project

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The Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project (Keep) was established in 1991 to deal with the negative effects of tourism in the Nepalese Himalaya region. Keep has created a Travellers' Information Centre in Kathmandu to educate trekkers, following guidelines set down by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project's 'Minimum Impact Code'; it also gives advice on how to deal with beggars and how to establish fair prices for souvenirs and services. The centre works closely with the Himalayan Rescue Association which helps to promote mountain safety. Keep has organised a series of 'Eco-trek' workshops for local trekking staff. It costs pounds 12,000 to run the centre each year: Keep receives some grant aid from the World Conservation Union (IUCN) but still needs to raise pounds 9,000 to ensure the centre's running until the end of 1994.

Keep (UK), 72 Newhaven Road, Edinburgh EH6 5QG, telephone 031-554 9977.