Community-based eco-tourism training at Ziro

ZIRO, Mar 20: A training-cum-awareness programme on ‘Community Based Eco-Tourism for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Livelihood Development’ was conducted by the G B Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development (GBPNIHESD), North-East unit, Itanagar at Mother’s Home of Achukuru Welfare Society, Ziro on Saturday last.
The programme aimed at creating awareness about community-based eco-tourism for strengthening capacity of local communities for sustainable livelihood development and conservation of biodiversity.
During the programme, GBPNIHESD Scientist, Dr K S Kanwal gave a detailed presentation on the community based eco-tourism as a potential tool for biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihood development, and discussed the potential and prospects of community-based ecotourism in the state.
Speaking as resource person, Lower Subansiri District Tourism Officer, Dikchu Raji apprised the participants about various ongoing schemes of government for development and promotion of tourism in the state. Range Forest Officer, Nyilyang Tachang highlighted the importance of wildlife for tourism and said that community participation can play a key role in conservation of biodiversity and development of tourism in the region.
Chairman of Ngunu Ziro, a local NGO, Hibu Tatu informed the participants about the concept of homestays, roles and responsibilities of homestay owners, and positive as well as negative aspects of homestays.
Achukuru Welfare Society Chairman, Tailyang Shanti, researcher, Tami Mize, Apatani Student Union President, Habung Tada, GBs, BMC Chairman, besides people from Hong, Tajang, Hija, Hari, Old Ziro, Myolong, Siiro villages and tour operators attended the programme.

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