The Union Environment Ministry has proposed Eco-tourism guidelines that will end up empowering and benefitting the local communities. All tourist facilities within 5 kms of any protected area will be monitored by local communities going forward. The activities of tour operators and resorts will be monitored to ensure that no disturbance is caused to animals while taking visitors into the protected areas. Also, the State Governments will impose a conservation cess on all privately run tourist facilities. The rate of cess will be determined by the states and the funds so collected will go back into the management of the protected area, conservation and local livelihood development. The funds will not go to the state exchequer.
Eco-tourism Guidelines to Benefit Local Communities
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