The Madhya Pradesh government on Wednesday contended before the Supreme Court that the Centre’s guidelines for regulating tourism in tiger reserves should be modified to meet local conditions, rather than imposing a blanket ban on tourist activities in tiger reserves across the country.

Appearing for the state, former additional solicitor-general Vivek Tankha contended that the government has no problem in implementing the guidelines in spirit but not possible to follow it in letter.

Suspense over the exact number of tigers in India continued in the Supreme Court Wednesday when the Centre and other parties in a case relating to eco-tourism guidelines for the tiger reserves assu

The guidelines for tourism in tiger reserves submitted to the Supreme Court may be in violation of the Forest Rights Act and the Wildlife Protection Act, said two members of the committee of the Na

This article demonstrates the central role of ambiguity in the (re)production process of conservation practice. It argues that some current political economy as well as environmentality approaches to research conservation practice fail to capture the complexity of the lived experience of local conservationists. The article focuses on the multiple identities of rangers in interaction with other residents at the periphery of the W Park in Burkina Faso, as rangers are local conservationists who simultaneously submit to and produce conservation practices.

Nature-based tourism is well recognised as a tool that can be used for neoliberal conservation. Proponents argue that such tourism can provide revenue for conservation activities, and income generating opportunities and other benefits for local people living at the destination. Private-Community Partnerships (PCPs) are a particular form of hybrid intervention in which local benefits are claimed to be guaranteed through shared ownership of the tourism venture. In this paper, we evaluate one such partnership involving a high-end tourist eco-lodge at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda.

The Kaziranga National Park is a complex ecosystem with both social and wildlife dimensions. While Kaziranga is officially highlighted as a success story in conservation, there is a crisis building over the future of the park and the fringe villages. (Letters)

Parks Were To Be Opened On Mon, Forest Dept Move Comes In View Of SC Postponing Decision

Jaipur: Tourism in the Ranthambore and Sariska tiger reserves will have to wait a while longer. The Supreme Court on Thursday postponed to October 3 its decision on the ban on tourism in the core areas of tiger reserves. Consequently, the state forest department also notified on its official website for tiger safari reservation that the park, which was supposed to open on October 1, will remain closed till October 3.

JAIPUR: As the Ranthambore National Park (RNP) gears up to open in two days time, the impasse over the Supreme Court verdict has forced tour operators to keep alternate arrangements in place.

Acknowledging that its interim order of absolute ban on tourism in core areas of tiger reserves has created problems for various stakeholders, the Supreme Court on Thursday said that it will now ha

The Centre on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to allow regulated, low-impact tourist activities in up to 20 per cent of the core/critical tiger habitat in the country as part of the exercise to promote tourism.

In the fresh guidelines formulated for states following the top court’s interim ban imposed on July 24 on all tourist activities in the core areas of areas of tiger reserves, the government also said that to protect the tiger population, no new tourism infrastructure should be created.