Category Archives: Eco tourism

“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

“Tourism is one of the few sectors where Kerala has clear competitive advantages given its diverse geography in a short space ranging from the Western Ghats covered with dense forests to the backwaters to the Arabian sea. […] Ecotourism, can place a greater focus on the conservation of natural resources by ensuring financial or in-kind support by the government, in recognition of their importance to visitor experiences. But, the benefits of tourism are not unequivocal. It is often seasonal and mainly generates part-time and unskilled jobs for local people. Further, if not planned carefully, tourism can be destructive of culture and local traditions.”
http://kerala.gov.in/docs/reports/vision2030/11.pdf
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=14554

Video | Vayali Folklore Group performance – Kerala

<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> The performance video covers Vayali Folklore Group’s journey for a folk art dance performance. The colour, energy and skill of the young people is on full display. About Vayali … Continue reading

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Learn more about tribal communities in Madhya Pradesh

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Tribal villages, artisans and modern art – Chhattisgarh

India Today, July 14, 2011 Tribal villagesIt is truly an enriching human experience to visit a tribal village. Generally these picturesque villages of mud huts painted bright blue, and paths marked by artistic wooden fences, are some way off the highway.You … Continue reading

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“We need participation and governance by the local communities in order to legitimise their local knowledge while empowering them economically” – UN International Day for Biological Diversity (22nd of May)

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 … Continue reading

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Tip | Search useful information before visiting India: Responsible tourism, eco tourism and volunteer work

New and “exotic” destinations are being promoted by the tourism industry all over the world. Responsible travellers and volunteers care about the welfare of local people. Some restrictions may prevent tourists from entering sensitive “tribal” areas of India. In other regions, the impact of tourism raises ethical questions. More >> Search tips: checking … Continue reading

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