India: Environment Ministry releases new guidelines for Ecotourism and River Dolphins

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Added 2021-10-03


India's Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has released the ‘Guidelines for sustainable Ecotourism in forest and wildlife areas’. These guidelines are applicable to ecotourism sites falling in forest, wildlife areas and eco-sensitive zones.

According to the Ministry, the "guidelines emphasize the engagement of local communities in a manner that enriches local economies and encourage sustainable use of indigenous material though financial viable value chains to help local communities become ‘Atma Nirbhar’  and promotes partnership among stakeholders in development of ecotourism as well as equitable sharing of benefits with local communities."

The Ministry also released a field guide for monitoring Ganges and Indus river dolphins, associated aquatic fauna and habitat. The aim is to create a standardized monitoring protocol to be undertaken in states of Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab. 


Indus River