NATURAL RESOURCES AND POLICIES FOR COMMUNITY-BASED ECOTOURISM: AN UTTARAKHAND PERSPECTIVE
* Bhakt Darshan Government Post Graduate Degree College, Department of Zoology, Uttarakhand, India
This paper in particular deals with the analysis and reviews of the ecotourism policies and the framework of the state of Uttarakhand and the Indian government. In general, it evaluates and discusses the future and significance of the natural resources for the development of the community-based ecotourism in Uttarakhand for the sustainable development of the villages including conservation of biological diversity. This paper argues that the homestay programme, if encouraged, might help the state to achieve its goal of ecotourism and the green economy. Tourism was given an industry status by the government of Uttarakhand in 2018, providing attractive incentives and subsidies. Nevertheless, there is still a need for the appropriate policy framework for the better management of the natural resources, development and the training of the various stakeholders and the entrepreneurs involved in the community-based ecotourism industry.
Keywords: biodiversity, ecotourism, sustainable development, environment conservation
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