Ang Rita Sherpa, Senior Program Manager with TMI’s Himalayan Program, and Dr. Alton Byers, TMI’s Director of Science and Exploration, have been independently recognized for their contributions to global conservation and sustainable development.
Aberystwyth University described Ang Rita as a “Local Hero” in its most recent edition of “Prom” (http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/media/17208-Prom-ENG-Web–smaller.pdf), citing his twenty-two years of experience working with indigenous communities in the mountains of Nepal. A protégé of the late Sir Edmund Hillary, Ang Rita played a key role in the establishment of the Makalu-Barun National Park and Buffer Zone and has led watershed projects such as the Community-based Alpine Conservation and Restoration of the Mount Everest Alpine Zone. He is also the 2011 winner of the Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal.
Dr. Alton Byers was named “Explorer of the Week” on December 10th by National Geographic’s Explorers Journal blog for his career as a “climbing scientist.” The far-reaching interview covers Alton’s experiences ranging from the Rockies to the Andes to the Himalayas. Since March 2012 he has served as co-manager of the High Mountain Global Watershed Program with projects in the Everest region of Nepal and Huascarán National Park of Peru. The full interview can be read at:http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/12/10/explorer-of-the-week-alton-byers/