SEP 2019  

According to the International Ecotourism Society, ecotourism is ‘responsible travel to natural areas that preserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.’One major principle of ecotourism or sustainable tourism is reducing impact on the local population, often called ‘responsible tourism.’Eco-tourists leave a tourist area without impacting the environment. Basically, ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel.

With UN World Tourism Day set to be observed on September 27, our cover story ‘The Case for Sustainable Tourism’analyses the role of sustainable tourism to cater to the needs of the modern traveller while preserving the local environment. Three of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth, 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production, and 14 - Sustainable Use of Oceans and Marine Resources, are inextricably linked to the concept of sustainable tourism.  Sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products is very vital. Ecotourism or sustainable tourism has the potential to combat the issues of biodiversity loss and environmental degradation with equal proficiency. Ecotourism encourages tourists to not only respect the natural environment, but also build awareness and respect for people who live in the tourist area.

Significantly, tourism is a key sector for economic development and a source of foreign currency. The tourism industry has the potential to help meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For an emerging economy like India, World Tourism Day, 2019 presents a unique opportunity to spread awareness on the social, cultural, and economic values of responsible tourism and also highlights the role of the industry towards achieving our SDG targets. However, the targets mentioned in the goals require implementation of sound policies and attracting larger investments from both state and private players to not just promote sustainable tourism or ecotourism but also to create jobs and revenue.

The feature article on deployment of artificial reefs in Tamil Nadu discusses the positive effects of artificial reefs for the fishermen in these coastal areas. The positive effects vary from immense commercial benefits to the fact that artificial reefs provide low-cost, low-technology solutions to enrich fish production and enrich biodiversity. Artificial reefs also help restore some of the coral species that had been lost to mining. With the fishermen in Tamil Nadu welcoming the initiative, the Government of Tamil Nadu has approved further deployment in 30 villages. Good news indeed.

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Nominations open for CSP Today India awards 2013

The inaugural CSP Today India awards ceremony takes place on March 12, and CSP developers, EPCs, suppliers and technology providers can now be nominated.

CSP has made tremendous progress since the announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. With Phase I projects now drawing closer to completion, the first milestone in Indias CSP learning curve is drawing closer. CSP Today has chosen the next CSP Today India conference (12-13 March, New Delhi) as the time for the industry to reflect upon its progress and celebrate its first achievements.

At the awards ceremony, industry leaders will be recognized for their achievements in one of 4 categories: CSP India Developer Award, CSP India Engineering Performance Award, CSP India Technology and Supplier Award, and the prestigious CSP India Personality of the Year.

Matt Carr, Global Events Director at CSP Today, said at the opening of nominations that CSP Today are excited to launch these esteemed awards, which will enhance the reputation of their recipients. I am particularly excited to launch the CSP India Personality of the Year award, a distinguished honor for the industry figure deemed worthy by their peers.

All eyes will be on the CSP Today India 2013 Awards when nomination entry closes on February 4 and the finalists are announced on February 11. The awards are open to all industry stakeholders to nominate until February 4 at or by e-mail to [email protected]

Matt Carr
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