A clean, healthy, and sustainable environment is a human right. Inadequate waste management endangers the environment, biodiversity, and human health on a local and global scale, affecting billions of people worldwide. As the world's population and material consumption continue to expand, the waste and resource management sector will play an increasingly important role in improving public health, preserving life on land and underwater, increasing productivity, facilitating a sustainable economic recovery, and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In the light of the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the severe backlash on the coastal ecosystem of India in the coming years due to the impacts of the Climate change, the environmental experts have demanded the government to review the plans to develop luxury resorts in the islands of Lakshadweep, Andaman, without doing proper Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on such developments on these islands.
Heritage tourism has emerged as a major contributor to the tourism industry in the past few years employing millions of people directly and indirectly. Right now, tourism accounts for about 15% of the economy of Rajasthan and contributes about 11.2 per cent and 3.3 per cent share in India's foreign and domestic tourist arrivals respectively. Heritage sites are an attraction for not just domestic tourists but also gain attention from the international tourists especially with the attribution of labels such as UNESCO world heritage.
This article was first published in Travel Trends Today
Tourism is a space for co-creation with tourists, local communities and the industry stakeholders. The relationship has to be ethical based on mutual respect and understanding, said KT Suresh, Secretary and Jayatri Ray, Director of EQUATIONS