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Claiming the Right to Say No

November 30, 2009
In 2008, the Philosophy Department of Rachol Seminary, Goa, organized a three-day seminar on impact assessment of tourism for their second-year students. To understand tourism impacts better, some of the seminarians undertook a field research. At that time, Israeli tourists were a prominent foreign tourist group in Goa and there were growing tensions between Israeli tourists and local people. The Rachol seminarians were keen to study these tensions, activities and behaviour of Israeli tourists and their social, economic,

The Challenge and Prospects of Tourism in Goa Today

November 30, 2009
Over the years, Centre for Responsible Tourism (CRT) has continuously tried to analyse and work on negative impacts of tourism and focused on ensuring that the local communities benefit from tourism. CRT strives to bring in community stewardship and management with respect to tourism planning and management and has worked on issues pertaining to child sex tourism, exploitation of women, cultural conflicts, water abuse, foreign office travel advisories, displacement of people, environmental damage and the empowerment of different sub-sectors in tourism such as homestays, taxi operators, shacks. This publication provides an overview, critique and appraisal of the work done by CRT till February 2009. It has also compiled the salient activities and statements made during this period and aims to inspire people to look at steps to humanise tourism and make it just and sustainable in Goa.

Making a Difference

May 15, 2009
Tourism has seen as a means of providing communities with economic benefits in the form of supplementary incomes, but engagment of local communites in tourism is complex and varied levels. In 2008 through a collaborative project coordinated by African Safari Lodge (ASL) Foundation EQUATIONS looked into community based efforts in nature based tourism. Three naturally blessed sites were covered in this study- Himalayan Homestays in Ladakh, Mountain Shepherd Initiative in Uttarakhand and Manas Maozigendri Jungle Camp in Assam.

Coastal Regulation in India

April 15, 2009
This publication is divided into four parts: the first part analyses the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification 1991 and issues of its implementation. It further looks at violations of the CRZ Notification 1991 by tourism. The second part is an evaluation of the Swaminathan Committee recommendations. The third section is a critique of the draft Coastal Management Zone (CMZ) Notification 2008. Finally, it has been suggested that the current CRZ Notification needs to be strengthened and rigorously implemented, rather than replace it with a feeble and ambiguous CMZ Notification in the section on 'The Way Forward'.