Another mushroom tour is already being planned for 2023, and Silber hopes that scientific activity in the Solu Khumbu can become accessible and community-based.
“Of course it is hard to do science in remote areas. If you want to get up here and do this kind of work, it’s a big and an important commitment,” he says.
For future projects and research, IMT hopes to work with local populations, including building a science center with a donated house in Phortse. The main goal of research is to help local communities benefit from the knowledge.
“We know through history that western scientists come in, do their work, and leave,” says Silber. “They do not engage or train locals, that’s not part of the research protocol. And it is a big missed opportunity in any community.”
Alok Tuladhar and Shiv Devkota helped with this report.
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