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Kailash: World heritage, not a destination for tourist convoys?

The Kailash, a mountain sacred to five religions © Andreas Pflügler, http://www.trekkingforum.com

China is planning to build a road around the sacred Kailash mountain in Tibet in spring 2004. Surveyor's marks were already placed along the traditional pilgrimage route during the summer. Supporters of the Kailash initiative believe the Kailash mountain can only be genuinely protected if it is officially declared as a site on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
To this end a petition has been started, supported by organisations such as the German Alpine Association, Mountain Wilderness or the Association for Swiss-Tibetan Friendship. Participation in the petition is possible until the end of the year: www.kailash.info (de/en).
On the subject of events an international convention on the protection of the Himalayas is being held in Kathmandu from 12 to 15 January 2004. It is to address issues such as climate, health, ecology and nature conservation.
International Conference on The Great Himalayas: Climate, Health, Ecology, Management and Conservation, Information: www.aehms.org/hima01.html (en)