India’s Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned six projects under ecotourism as part of Swadesh Darshan.
India’s Ministry of Tourism has identified ecotourism as one of the 15 thematic circuits for development under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme to promote offbeat domestic destinations in the country. The Ministry has sanctioned six projects under ecotourism as part of Swadesh Darshan, announced G. Kishan Reddy, Minister of Tourism.
Last year, the Ministry had signed an MOU with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Responsible Tourism Society of India (RTSOI) to undertake measures to actively promote and support sustainability initiatives in the tourism sector.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has informed that they have issued guidelines for sustainable ecotourism in forest and wildlife areas. The guidelines provide for preparation of ecotourism plan which includes the carrying capacity analysis-based description of the ecotourism site. The guidelines also provide for regular monitoring of the ecotourism sites by the respective States/Union Territories.
To boost tourism throughout the country, the Ministry has also signed an MOU with Alliance Air Aviation Limited (AAAL). The Ministry of Tourism endeavours to position India as a preferred tourism destination in the tourism generating markets, and Alliance Air Aviation, with its vast domestic network, will play a vital role in the promotion of tourism in India.