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Ministry of Tourism has said that it is developing Eco Tourism as one of the Niche Tourism areas for development in the country.
As per The International Eco Tourism society (TIES), it is defined as
“responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people and involves interpretation and education” (TIES, 2015).
Note: Education is meant to be inclusive of both staff and guests.
- Recognizing the potential for the development of Eco Tourism in the country, the Ministry of Tourism has identified “Eco Circuit” as one of the 15 thematic circuits under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme.
- Eco Tourism, is the primary responsibility of the State Governments/UT Administrations. However, the Ministry of Tourism provides financial assistance under Swadesh Darshan Scheme for the development of tourism-related infrastructure and facilities in the country.
- The Ministry of Tourism has evolved Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI) for major segments of the tourism industry, namely accommodation, tour operators, beaches, backwaters, lakes and river sectors, etc., applicable for the entire country.
- Ministry of Tourism has also made it mandatory for the approved tourism service providers such as tour operators, adventure tour operators, etc., to follow the Code of Conduct for safe and sustainable Tourism.