Category Archives: Eco tourism

“We work on tourism in natural spaces such as forests, coasts, and hills and mountains. These natural spaces, are primarily home to people who have an interdependent relationship with their environment, and these natural resources support innumerable livelihoods in such regions. With this perspective, we critically examine the effects of tourism and related policies on the environment and the local communities.” – Ecosystems by Equitable Tourism Options (EQUATIONS)
https://beta.equitabletourism.org/focus-area/ecosystems
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=14529

“Under the pressure to address the problems of conventional tourism, a great number of ‘new tourisms’ were introduced in the 1980s and 90s – ecotourism, sustainable, community-based, fair-traded, responsible and others. […] Evaluations of pro-poor tourism projects that take a holistic and grassroots-oriented approach are very rare.” – Anita Pleumarom in “The Politics of Tourism, Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development” (Third World Network, Penang, Malaysia 2012)
https://www.twn.my/title/end/pdf/end17.pdf
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=14554

“There is very little evidence that ecotourism in its present form is sustainable […] Tourism is inherently an exploitative industry, both ecologically and socially and we need to accept that. But the ill-effects of tourism on biodiversity conservation can be contained. What conservation needs today is a robust model, which restricts ecological and carbon footprint through a much more nuanced policy. We need participation and governance by the local communities in order to legitimise their local knowledge while empowering them economically. And we need wider discussion and debate about this among the general public.” – Smrity Ramavarapu in “Ecotourism-a yay or a nay for conservation?” (Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bengaluru)
https://www.atree.org/news/ecotourism-yay-or-nay-conservation
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=33299

Vayali’s earth songs & digital community archive at the 4th International FOSS Conference – Kerala

What is that brings a music band advocating folk music to a seminar on open software? Vayali Folklore Group, the music band, comes into the picture as Vinod Nambiar, its executive director, is leading a session on ‘Documenting culture on … Continue reading

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Unicef packages: tribal languages as the medium of instruction for children – Jharkhand

At a time when the state is red-faced about rural primary schoolchildren clueless in class, Unicef (Jharkhand) has embarked upon a pioneering project of preparing textbooks in tribal and regional languages for children for whom Hindi is as alien a … Continue reading

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Learn more about India’s Himalayan tribal communities

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Learn more about tribal communities in Madhya Pradesh

When it comes to protein and calorie counts, milk and bananas do not match up to eggs, particularly for [Madhya Pradesh], where development indicators are among India’s worst: Almost 51% of children under five years of age are underweight, and … Continue reading

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Trust India’s “village republics” to bring in some good news from time to time – Kerala, Rajasthan & Tamil Nadu

In an atmosphere where every morning, our newspapers greet us with stories of girls being tormented, raped, killed or treated like a doormat in one way or another, trust India’s “village republics” to bring in some good news from time … Continue reading

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