Megh Ale

Ashoka Fellow
Kathmandu, Nepal
Fellow Since 2007


This profile was prepared when Megh Ale was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
The New Idea
Megh is changing the way river communities, politicians, and greater Nepalese society understands and provides for the conservation of Nepal’s awe-inspiring river heritage. Through the Nepal River Conservation Trust (NRCT), Megh and other like-minded river guides are creating a new standard for eco-tourism in Nepal that protects and advocates for Nepal’s river ecosystems, while also transforming the way society values Nepal’s rivers. 
Founded by Megh in 1995, the NRCT takes a multi-pronged approach to educate and empower river communities and larger society. Working with river communities, Megh instills knowledge and a passion for river conservation that is fuelling the success of a growing ecotourism and “teahouse rafting” industry in Nepal, but also changing the way the larger public experiences and cares for important rivers like the Karnali, Bagmati, Bishnumuti, and the Seti, that flow through Kathmandu and Pokhara. Through cleanup campaigns, lobbying, and popular River Festivals, Megh is restoring Nepal’s rivers to their rightfully treasured status in the country. The NRCT became a member of the Sustainable Tourism Network (STN) in 2001. STN is a forum of organizations affiliated with the Nepal Tourism Board and networks with many tourism organizations and stakeholders. In 2005 Megh founded Namaste Nepal with the Freiberg School in Germany, to set up School Partnerships with rural and needy schools in Nepal with the vision of “Sustainable Education for Better Living.” He hopes to carry the School Partnership mission to many river community schools to better understand River Conservation and to save the pristine Himalayan Rivers.
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