Displaced due to conservation and tourism in the heart of India: a review of the relevant policies

Kamble, Zilmiyah, Kelkar, Pragati, and Bhati, Abhishek (2020) Displaced due to conservation and tourism in the heart of India: a review of the relevant policies. In: Strategic Innovative Marketing and Tourism: 8th ICSIMAT, Northern Aegean, Greece, 2019. pp. 705-714. From: CSIMAT 2019: International Conference on Strategic Innovative Marketing and Tourism, 17-21 July 2019, Chios, Greece.

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Abstract

Madhya Pradesh (MP) is a central Indian state positioned as the heart of India. The MP tourism board undertakes the responsibility of developing tourism in the state with the aim of promoting sustainable form of tourism. One of the key attractions promoted is the wide range of wildlife destinations in conservation areas, which has displaced many local indigenous communities. The main aim of paper is to review the relevant policies concerning the wildlife tourism product in MP to examine the involvement of the indigenous local communities and highlight their plight due to displacement. This paper utilizes a critical interpretive lens in reviewing the policies and the concerned acts. Findings highlight three areas of concern; firstly, there is a lack of clear information on how wild life tourism would be developed, implemented and governed. Secondly, the relevant policies do not mention the involvement of the lo-cal indigenous community or their issues and finally the policies does not clearly address the displaced indigenous communities’ issues while subsisting to a sustainable tourism vision. Implications for polices are discussed to encourage an inclusive policy framework that addresses displacement.

Item ID: 61100
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-3-030-36126-6
ISSN: 2198-7246
Keywords: policy review; wildlife tourism; conservation; displaced communities; tourism impacts
Copyright Information: © 2020 Springer
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2019 00:27
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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