The Himalayas Region

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This region is the home to the highest peak on Earth, Mt. Everest, including a series of peaks that is above 8,000 meters in altitude. Making the Himalayas one of the most popular regions for tourist activities. The surrounding countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bhutan, China, India and Nepal benefit from the tourist activities in the Himalayas. For example, the tourism industry alone in Nepal contributes 9.4% to the total gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012, and the sector employs 8.2% of total employment, which is approximately 1.25 millions of jobs (World Travel & Tourism Council 2013).

The Himalayas is the third largest deposit of ice and snow in the world after the Artic and Antarctica, the glaciers provides fresh water to a number of rivers in central Asia to over one billion people downstream (Vaux et al. 2012). However, observed shift in the climate regime from anthropogenic climate change to a warmer weather globally, intensifying rain patterns are increasing the frequency of natural hazards such as landslides and flash flooding (Eriksson, 2009, Ives et al. 2010, IPCC 2013, Singh et al. 2010), threatening the livelihood of the tourism industry.

This essay explores the processes of the risk and vulnerability assessment, identifying the required information and resources to support the assessment. Discussing on how to approach the assessment of the…
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