SUBJECT :In pursuance of the government’s bid to promote eco –tourism, the State Eco-Tourism Board met on Wednesday, for the first time, under the chairmans of P Raghunath, also the Chief Wildlife Warden and Principal Chief Conservation of Forests. 

Chennai, September 28, 2018: In pursuance of the government’s bid to promote eco –tourism, the State Eco-Tourism Board met on Wednesday, for the first time, under the chairmans of P Raghunath, also the Chief Wildlife Warden and Principal Chief Conservation of Forests.

The prime task of the board, with Additional Principal Chief Conservation of Forests (Working Plan), Commissioner of Tourism, collectors of the Nilgiris and Kanyakumari district and Joint Secretary or Deputy Secretary of the Environment and Forest department as members, is to identify and select the eco-tourism sites and prepare a management plan for each. Registered, under the Tamil Nadu Society Registration Act 1957, it will work to ensure the objectives of the government’s policy are met across the state, mainly in protected forest areas.

To make sure the process of identifying potentials sites is taken forward by following specified acts and rules and is  in consonance with management plans for sanctuaries and national parks, conservation plan for tiger reserves and working plan of reserved forests, all officers concerned have been asked to report the potential sites in each district.

At the meeting, a discussion was held about the nomination of member secretary/ secretary, essential as per rules of the Tamil Nadu Society Registration Act 1957, to make official correspondence to promote eco-tourism.

Developing a website for spreading awareness on eco-tourism was also discussed, with members saying the next step at the district level is setting up of eco-tourism management societies, regulatory bodies with representation from the district administration, district forest officer and local communities.

The government’s eco-tourism policy has emphasized the involvement of local communities for their socio-economic development. Community-based eco-tourism, it is believed, has the potential to utilize entrepreneurial skills of the communities concerned for responsible and economically viable tourism.

The economic benefits that are certain to accrue will be an incentive for the local communities to step in and help conserve the natural resources, the official said.


Source: indiatimes.com