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  • Ecotourism Policy by Tamil Nadu Government

    The Ecotourism Policy 2017 of Tamil Nadu Government was devised to ensure the promotion of eco-friendly activities in the state and bring about the development and prosperity of the natives of the state. According to the policy, emphasis will be laid on the local communities, conservation of their craft making skills, and empower and develop the same.

    The policy includes consideration and working for the promotion of trekking, hiking, bird watching trails, photography, wildlife sighting, boating, promoting local festivals, craft making, preservation of traditional craft making methods, local handicrafts, and adventure sports. In addition to these, other aspects that are necessary from the perspective of preserving the existing old methods and traditions will be also considered under the policy.

    Following are the objectives of the Ecotourism Policy by Tamil Nadu Government:

    1. To identify natural areas and take necessary steps to develop them as ecotourism destinations.
    2. To create more and better livelihood opportunities to benefit the local communities and tribes.
    3. To foster natural conservation by means of education, and awareness among the visitors of the state.
    4. To work for the conservation of the existing craft making techniques.
    5. To bring about and implement site specific instructions and code of conduct for the visitors
    6. To promote and establish eco-friendly structures in the state.

    Following are the guidelines of the policy:

    1. The eco-friendly activities must involve active participation of local communities to empower them and bring about their social development.
    2. All the resources must be utilized aptly to avoid the wastage of the same. The devised methods should not have any adverse impact on the environment. Sites with low ecotourism potential must be recognized and adequate measures should be taken to develop them.
    3. Ecotourism sites can be used for the conservation and promotion of unique cultural practices, traditions, local arts, folk history, and architecture. These things are important to preserve and maintain the indigenous environment of the state.
    4. All the activities happening in the state in the name of ecotourism must conform with the several existing laws of the state.
    5. All the ecotourism related work should involve participation from local communities, government organizations, NGOs, tour operators & agents, and hospitality industry.

    The Forest Department of the state is the nodal authority to ensure the implementation of the policy. The State Ecotourism Board shall take the necessary steps to promote both nature and culture based tourism. The board is also responsible for ensuring the involvement and  upliftment of local communities.

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