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Tourism to get industry status in Uttarakhand: CM

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Mukteshwar under a cover of snow.  
Mukteshwar under a cover of snow.

Dehradun: Tourism would soon be given status of an industry in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Harish  Rawat announced on Monday.

After a review meeting of the tourism department, Rawat said fresh impetus to the tourism sector was  required as the hill state offered unlimited potential for domestic as well as international tourists.

He directed officials to make a concrete action plan to ensure more footfall in the state.

(IANS)

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Wildlife at Risk Due to Mass Tourism: Biologists

A report, titled "The Value of Wildlife Tourism around Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan for Wildlife Conservation and Local Communities", was also released

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Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary. Wikimedia

Renowned conservation biologist Raghu Chundawat on Friday said tourists travelling in large numbers to the forests in India is a threat to the wildlife and ecosystem as most of the tourists are “not responsible”.

Speaking on the sidelines of “TOFTigers Sustaining the Wildlife”, Chundawat said: “Mass tourism generates huge amounts of money to governments, but at the same time it also has negative impacts and threat to the wildlife and ecosystem of the forests.”

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Sunderbans Tiger reserve, India. Wikimedia Commons

“Now there is a rapid increase of wildlife-based mass tourism specially on the weekends… This ruins the habitat, as some visitors throw garbage which consist more of plastic.”

Chundawat’s pioneering 10-year research on the Panna tigers was immortalised by BBC in the documentary — “Tigers of the Emerald Forest”.

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Common Crane bird at Kutch

The conservation biologist said that loss of habitat is another issue that impacts tiger conservation. The big cat’s habitat is now limited to “seven per cent of its original range”, he said.

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A report, titled “The Value of Wildlife Tourism around Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan for Wildlife Conservation and Local Communities”, centering India’s poor record with sustainable tourism practices in and around wildlife reserves, was also released on the occasion. (IANS)

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