EQUATIONS was invited by the Member Planning Commission Mr Arun Maira in November 2009 to write about our vision for tourism for India. This came about after a series of discussions with him about our concerns related to tourism development in India and how the Planning Process of the Five Year plans should take these into account.

The Indian forests are home to around 100 million people and provide sustenance to them. The paper traces the impacts of Indian forest polices, legislations on rights of communities and its links to conservation in the pre- colonial and post independent India.

The Central Government move to build national capacity for implementation of the new Integrated Management Approach for India

The compilation of briefing papers produced as part of the Life as Commerce Project by Equations in partnership with the Global Forest Coalition. Focuses on prevalence and impacts of ecotourism in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

In 2008 through a collaborative project coordinated by African Safari Lodge (ASL) Foundation looking at community based efforts in nature based tourism, EQUATIONS got the opportunity to study three very interesting initiatives in India. While each have their unique contexts and histories and are on different stages of tourism development, they also have common features.

An overview of tourism, trade and globalisation and its impacts on biodiversity is presented in four parts. The first part interrogates the assumptions, myths and realities of globalisation. The second explores the trends in conservation ideology and its implications.

It is bad economic policy to rely too much on tourism! Many stakeholders and sections of the Andaman & Nicobar administration hope that tourism will become the pillar of the islands

This publication is divided into four parts: the first part analyses the CRZ Notification 1991 and issues of its implementation. It further looks at violations of the CRZ Notification 1991 by tourism. The second part is an evaluation of the Swaminathan Committee recommendations. The third section is a critique of the draft CMZ Notification 2008.

Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in India have been involved in an initiative on Rural Tourism. Covering 36 sites spread geographically over the country, these pilot project experiences had much to offer in terms of learning about the intersection between community dynamics and tourism projects.

The Government of India (Ministry of Tourism) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are implementing the Endogenous Tourism Project - Rural Tourism Scheme across 36 sites in the country, to set up alternative models of tourism which would serve to create sustainable livelihood opportunities among low-income communities living in rural areas (2005-2009).