Editorial

Eco-culture tourism

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/8/2018 12:12:16 PM IST

 It was an important occasion to remind the local community of their responsibility towards collective responsibility for sustainable bio-diversity tourism as a means of harnessing the potential to develop the local economy and reverse the trend of total dependence on the government. Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio had urged upon the Lotha community at the Tokhu Emong celebrations at Wokha, to protect the Amur falcon so as to promote tourism and in return create an economic cycle that is sustainable. The importance of bio-diversity for promotion of tourism among north eastern states cannot become a mere mention. Biological diversity means the variability among living organisms from all sources, including terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems, and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems. In simple terms, it can be described as the diversity of life on Earth. one of tourism’s most valuable assets is to promote sustainability that balances the use of natural resources with sound conservation management. Sustainable tourism can provide vital income and employment for local communities, maintain local biodiversity and raise awareness of the importance of conservation. The state government should offer clear incentives to local village authorities by insisting on creation of environment or bio-diversity NGOs. This translates into direct action for conservation and both direct and indirect income for local stakeholders, boosting local, national and international support for the protection of nature. With habitat destruction as the leading cause of species extinction, protected areas form the cornerstones of efforts to conserve biodiversity. For many national parks, tourism provides the financial means and incentives for conservation and justifies the creation of further protected areas. The mini-hornbills to be held in the 11 districts of the state coinciding with the major festivals of the indigenous community can be used to promote the concept of bio-diversity tourism. Nagaland can offer eco-tourism and so it should be emphasised. It may be pertinent to note that the world’s poor, especially in rural areas, are especially vulnerable, depending heavily on biological resources for much of their needs. Thus, when the local government provides incentives for conservation, the local populace will be able to relate to their interests and responsibilities. At the same time, revenue provides impetus for private biodiversity conservation efforts and is often channelled into capacity building programmes for local communities to manage protected areas. Tourism has an increasingly important role to play in raising awareness of sustainability issues and motivating people to change long-established practices and behaviours. With millions of people travelling the globe each year, tourism is an ideal vehicle to spread awareness of the importance of biodiversity to all of our lives and the urgent need for its conservation. What has been offered by nature is invaluable in terms of tourism and as a legacy for posterity but whether the government will do what should be done, remains to be seen. Nagaland’s once pristine forests spread over Peren, Dimapur and Mon have practically been wiped out of the map. The Wildlife Protection Act(1972) has enough teeth but as the rule of law has no place under the argument of the privilege clause under Article 371(A). There is serious need for a debate and clarity of what is good and bad for the people and their future.

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