and Mingma were part of our Drakensberg Workshop in South
Africa before the 5th World Parks Congress in 2003.
Gurung, Country Representative, Asia Pacific Programme,
Sherpa, Managing Director, EHEC, WWF US
Poudel, Director General of the Department of National
Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Nepal
Lawrence S. Hamilton
Senior Advisor, Mountain Biome World Commission on Protected
25 September 2006
Mountain Protected Areas Community has been dealt a grievous
wound, in the tragic death of two outstanding members of
have known, and have had deep affection and respect for
them for well over fifteen years, in Chandra's case, over
20 years. I have always considered them to be the most capable,
dedicated and effective workers on the Himalayan scene.
They will be sorely missed, and are mourned by their legion
of friends and colleagues. One is hard-pressed to think
of two more enthusiastic advocates and doers on behalf of
the people, biological diversity and landscapes of these
magnificent mountains. They did indeed "die with their boots
on", and in the mountain terrain that they loved.
were original members of the group of 41 persons who formed
the Mountain Protected Areas Network, following a "Workshop
on Parks,Peaks and People", held in Hawai'i in 1991. They
have remained steadfast contributors to the WCPA Mountain
Theme/Biome Program since then. We all so very much looked
forward to working with them again at the Ecuador gathering
planned for November.
will be a big hole in the shared knowledge of our group.
And, of course we have lost the valuable services of Deputy
Vice-Chair Mingma, who helped to plan this event. It is
proposed to dedicate the book emanating from this event
to these two outstanding mountain men, and gentle friends.
would also pay tribute to Narayan Poudel, Director General
of Parks and Wildlife for Nepal, whom I knew as an enthusiastic
young community forestry worker, back in 1993, who, through
hard work and effective leadership, rose to this responsible
position. He will be sorely missed. I nominated him for
can best honor their memory by increasing our efforts and
support to create new Mt PAs, enlarge existing ones, connect
them where possible, and manage them more effectively. And
we send our heartfelt solace to their families and friends.
Hamilton, who was "gifted" by having known and worked with