The mixed blessings of new roads and increasing tourist numbers for Himalayan communities.
# Interview 1
There are bigger problems than snow leopard conservation. The…[park]…is being ruined by roads and pollution – tourism is the main livelihood and…[the park authority]…does nothing. Soon nobody will come to trek except the Israelis who want everything for free.
# Interview 2
The river…is too polluted to use.
# Interview 3
[Livestock are being lost from] eating plastic.
Eating of rubbish…[is]…leading to infection and death…[in livestock].
# Interview 5
The health post…caters to minor health problems and for major problems locals go either to Pokhara or to Kathmandu. The road is improving access in medical emergencies; previously a helicopter was necessary.