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Committee headed by Sujit Banerjee, Secretary (Retd). MoT to submit final report within 45 days


29 December 2010

Mumbai: A seven member committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Sujit Banerjee, Secretary (Retd), Ministry of Tourism to finalise the guidelines for Forest and Wildlife Ecotourism, according to a Press Information Bureau release today. The committee will firm up the guidelines for Forest and Wildlife Ecotourism in the context of advisories issued by the National Tiger Conservation Authority, the Wildlife (Protection) Act and the Forest (Conservation) Act. It will also analyse the studies conducted by the Ministry of Tourism on lodges and resorts around the Tiger Reserves. The committee will make an appraisal of ecological issues, tourist visitation and suggest measures for carrying capacity of Reserves and give recommendation for regulating tourism in ecologically sensitive non-forest areas in and around Tiger Reserves. The committee start work yesterday and will submit its final report within 45 days.

Members of the committee headed by Banjerjee include Dr.Divyabhanusinh Chavda, Dr. A.J.T. Johnsingh, and Bittu Sahgal, all three from National Board of Wild Life (NBWL); R.M. Ray, Retd. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), Karnataka and Dr Prabhakar Dubey, Director, Ministry of Tourism. Dr. Rajesh Gopal, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, (APCCF) & Member Secretary, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) will be the Member Convener of this committee.