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Chat on "Responsible Tourism- Way forward to conservation?" dated September 18, 2010
  • Susan Sharma: Welcome to IWC chat on "Responsible Tourism-Way forward to conservation"
  • punitsaran: god evening
  • Susan Sharma: Good evening Punit
  • Susan Sharma: Tell us what is your idea of responsible tourism
  • punitsaran: taking care of envirment,local people in developing Responcible tourism
  • Susan Sharma: You run a resort-are you employing locals in the resort?
  • punitsaran: yes I think the are a asset for us as they no every inch of land
  • Susan Sharma: They know every inch of land-so are they employed as guides too?
  • Susan Sharma: welcome mani
  • mani: hi susan..& everybody
  • punitsaran: yes few of them are even knowing important herbs etc
  • punitsaran: hi mani
  • mani: hi punit
  • Susan Sharma: Mani-your idea of responsible tourism?
  • mani: give me a sec
  • Susan Sharma: welcome anish
  • anish charles: Hi iam from balaghat MP
  • anish charles: Mr Punit has some techniacal problem just ask me
  • mani: People going to wildlife parks can enjoy wildlife but not at the cost of wildlfe..
  • mani: Tourists come in different forms.. like religious, trekkers, hikers, birdwatchers, people going on trails.
  • Susan Sharma: split your message in two
  • mani: like Bird photography without following ethics can wreck havoc on bird population
  • anish charles: No , all the limits are as per the guidlines of the forest department
  • anish charles: there are chances to see more then 250 verieties in kanha
  • Susan Sharma: who will ensure the limits?
  • anish charles: department of forest
  • anish charles: is it not clear
  • Susan Sharma: Mani, can you expand on how enjoying wildlife harms wildlife
  • anish charles: disturvance of the habitatsetc
  • mani: easier said than done..with camera selling at affordaable rates and amateur photographers
  • mani: proving their ability are crossing the limits i feel
  • mani: the problem is humanity wants recognition..
  • mani: One +ve aspect of people going to Wildlife parks is it will keep a check on poachers and nefarious activity...
  • anish charles: there are some charges fixed by the department for various cameras using in the core area
  • Susan Sharma: the responsibilty of guides and tour operatos are manifold as one cannot depend on forest dept to control everything
  • anish charles: all the guidelines are very specificaly mentioned rest is our resposibility
  • Susan Sharma: I wish some photographers join in to tell us their point of view
  • anish charles: if the sincere people are visitng poaching can be check
  • Susan Sharma: in general, one can assume that tourists wielding cameras are careful about not causing disturbance.
  • Susan Sharma: Esply amateur photographers can not be a threat
  • mani: very true ethics is very imp while photographing the wild...
  • anish charles: sometimes extra intrest will leave to cause risk
  • Susan Sharma: anish your point is not clear
  • anish charles: they are carefull about other things not for risk as the wildlife cant tolerate
  • mani: sensitive areas like ...photographiing the nest..or birds which avoids human contact..
  • mani: photography can be huge nuisance..
  • punitsaran: sorry ,as because of electricity failure
  • Susan Sharma: welcome back Punit
  • anish charles: even the photography of wildlife and animals ,snakes etc
  • Susan Sharma: welcome vivek
  • Vivek Saran: hello all...
  • Vivek Saran: sorry I am late
  • punitsaran: hi
  • mani: hi vivek
  • Vivek Saran: hi Mani...
  • anish charles: vivekji iam also her eto provide any information regarding our tour
  • Vivek Saran: thanks Susan...I am at Gurgaon today
  • Vivek Saran: hence late to join chat
  • punitsaran: yes can share ur views about resp.tourism
  • Vivek Saran: carry on please..
  • Susan Sharma: As a resort owner how difficult is it to ensure that tourists behave responsibly?
  • anish charles: if the tourism providing employment to the local people without disturbing wildlife
  • punitsaran: generally tourists are in enjoying mood some are responcible where at some people we hv to keep chk
  • mani: slighly out of topic..but then I would like to ask a question..can I?
  • punitsaran: y
  • Susan Sharma: of course pl do
  • mani: we are talking of wildlife tourism.. ? abt religious tourism? when millions of indian's throng to temples built inside the forest and core areas? like GIR
  • mani: Although they don't directly relate to conservation..but then originally Hinduism was indirectly referring to
  • mani: protect nature when they built temples on mountain peaks..
  • mani: With the changing religious value.. will religion offer the same protection to nature?
  • Susan Sharma: all religions advocate conservation of natural resources
  • anish charles: the gangas pollutin is only because of this
  • Susan Sharma: sacred groves
  • anish charles: last year ther were a news about how the people are doing in amarnath
  • mani: that means religious tourism can be detrimental to wildlife protection..
  • Susan Sharma: Vivek, your input please
  • Susan Sharma: we cannot brand religious tourism or photo tourism as bad
  • Susan Sharma: it all depends on the individuals understanding of the need to conserve nature and wildlife
  • Susan Sharma: that is of course, my opinion
  • punitsaran: that awareness is responcible tourism
  • Susan Sharma: well said punit
  • punitsaran: taking the knowladge with hampering nature/historyetc
  • punitsaran: vivek your views
  • Susan Sharma: Mani, are you a tourist or a tour operator -like I am a tourist punit a tour operator
  • mani: a software engineer-(tourist)
  • Susan Sharma: thanks,mani
  • mani: thanks susan..thanks everybody..
  • Susan Sharma: thanks for your views mani
  • punitsaran: thks mani
  • mani: thanks punit
  • mani: thanks for an very interesting chat
  • punitsaran: in my view if any tourist is given sufficient information
  • Susan Sharma: are you and friends taking Punits offer to Kanha Village Camp?
  • Susan Sharma: visit the link
  • punitsaran: pls spend little time near to nature
  • mani: Goodbye everybody
  • Susan Sharma: If there is no more interaction, shall we close the chat room?
  • Susan Sharma: Thank you Punit and Vivek
  • punitsaran: yes we can i think time is up is it?
  • punitsaran: thks susan it was good to learn few points in this chat
  • Susan Sharma: Thanks for coming in despite a poor connection at your end, Punit
  • punitsaran: thks
  • Susan Sharma: The transcript of the chat will be there on our website as soon as I close the room
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