Eco Tourism in Jim Corbett
Most people consider ecotourism to be synonymous to tourism in natural areas. But there is more to ecotourism than this. In addition to responsible travel to natural areas that is sensitive to environmental concerns, true ecotourism should also sustain the livelihoods and cultural identities of local communities.
Ecotourism is an important tool for conservation because it generates economic benefits for the authorities managing the protected area as well as local people who get employment. This instils a sense of pride in the local people who now appreciate the value of their natural and cultural heritage. Ecotourism also influences visitors by providing an opportunity for a better, more educative experience, thus sensitising them towards conservation.
Tourism, Jim Corbett National Park The importance of ecotourism is gradually being realised in developing countries like India that have great natural wealth. The concept has much more potential in states such as Uttaranchal that have substantial areas under forests. Recently, there have been attempts in India to institutionalise ecotourism and various state governments have announced or are in the process of formulating ecotourism policies. There have been several community-based initiatives in this direction in Uttaranchal, Sikkim, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh and in the near future other states are expected to follow.