The Everest Landscape encompasses the greater Mt Everest region shared by the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of China and the Sagarmatha region in Nepal. Despite the natural barrier of the high Himalayan range, people have traded goods and cultures, and biodiversity has migrated between nations through the deep gorges, high passes, and open skies of this landscape. The remote, high altitude, and mountainous environment is used by traditional pastoralists, people visiting sacred sites, and even by poachers and traders in illicit goods. Over 40% of the area of the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau is covered by rangelands, which are important to the diverse cultural groups that inhabit the region. The accessibility of resources in this landscape is affected by the borders of protected areas and the restrictions imposed in their management. The Everest landscape is regarded as one of the most sensitive ecosystems, and, if degraded, may have a severe impact downstream. Both China and Nepal have independently established protected areas around Mt Everest to conserve and protect the ecological and cultural integrity of the landscape.

Region: Central Himalayas
Country: Nepal, China
Latitude: Min:27.420457 Max:28.255462
Longitude: Min: 86.335811 Max: 87.526137
Total Area: N/A


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Related Bibliography

Sherpa, LN; Peniston, B; Lama, W; Richard, C (2003) Hands Around Everest: Transboundary Cooperation for Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods. Kathmandu: ICIMOD