Nature & Wildlife

Greener the resort, greater the access to forest


Resorts operating in protected areas can now hope for greater access to forests for their clients.

A new marks system will rate the resort’s green quotient, and the higher the score, the larger the number of seats it will qualify for on the limited number of safari rides now permitted within national parks and sanctuaries.

This is among the strategies envisaged for the forthcoming ecotourism guidelines being chalked out for Karnataka. A year ago, the Supreme Court had directed all States to come up with specific strategies for wildlife tourism and ecotourism.

Vinay Luthra, CEO of the Karnataka Ecotourism Development Board, said that the marks system will rate resorts according to certain green criteria such as using clean energy, hiring naturalists, managing sewage, employing local communities and banning plastic.

Full report here Hindu

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