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- Key Interventions
Here you can find the Key Interventions (Campaigns, Events and Other Interventions) related to this State. These can be sorted year wise. On clicking a Title, you can read online and download the respective Key Intervention.
Here you can find Resources (Papers, Publications and Presentations) linked to this State. These can be sorted year wise. On clicking a Title, you can read online and download the respective Resource. Please do acknowledge EQUATIONS when quoting from or using these resources in any manner.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are being promoted as a unique beach tourism and ecotourism destination. The Islands, however, are confronted with numerous challenges of water shortage, forest encroachments, an increasing migrant population and disregard for coastal protection norms. Resulting in damage to coastal ecology including precious coral reefs, proliferation of solid non-biodegradable wastes and threat to the indigenous tribal populations. Tourism is a significant contributor to many of these problems. Despite claims, it does not contribute to the local economy in any significant way. The local self government institutions are left out of the tourism development process. There is a need to change the model of tourism development in order to make it more sustainable and participatory. EQUATIONS’ work in the Islands focuses on working with various stakeholders – administration, local self government, tourism industry, civil society, media and educational institutions in an attempt to build awareness of the impacts of tourism and the steps needed to make it more sustainable.
Aware of the large number of master plans and commissioned studies over the years to arrive at the elusive formula for success for tourism in the Islands, EQUATIONS has attempted to keep on its radar the developments on the Islands. In 1993 we developed a paper on Tourism and Ecology in the Andamans, based on secondary research. During the World Social Forum interventions on Tourism in 2004 and our National Consultation in 2005 presentations by Pankaj Sekhsaria of Kalpavriksh and Samir Acharya of SANE (Society for Andaman and Nicobar Ecology) helped us keep the developments, particularly post tsunami, in our awareness. After the tsunami in December 2004, EQUATIONS undertook a research study in 2005-06 titled “Coastal Area Assessment” to document the status of coastal protection and violations of the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 1991.
During 2006 and 2008, in collaboration with SANE, Indian National Trust for Architecture and Cultural Heritage – Andamans Chapter, Kalpavriksh, Tata Institute of Social Sciences and ActionAid we undertook comprehensive research on impacts of tourism in the Andaman Islands - Rethink Tourism in the Andamans – Building a Base for Sustainable Tourism. The study clearly highlighted the lack of a sensible, sustainable and planned approach to tourism development in the Islands. It pointed to the little benefits that local communities got, the huge pressures on the fragile ecology, the lack of consultation and participation and the minimal returns that even the Union Territory got in terms of revenue or employment generation. There were two advocacy events that were organised for launching the research report, in Port Blair and New Delhi in June 2008.
EQUATIONS has been actively involved in influencing a more participatory and consultative process of formulating a new tourism policy for the Islands. We have a firm foundation in terms of the data from the research study and the networks that we had built in the course of the research. We have also been invited to comment on the draft Trade Regulation Policy.
EQUATIONS hopes to continue its engagement with stakeholders in the Islands through continuing awareness building on tourism impacts.
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