M P Ecotourism Development Board


View State Forest Policy 2012(English) | (Hindi)

Ecotourism And Adventure Tourism

1. Ecotourism And Adventure Activities On All Forest Land Shall Be Organised Through State Ecotourism Development Board In Accordance With The Guidelines Of The Forest Department. Tourism Department May Permit Ecotourism/ Adventure Activity On Non-forest Government/revenue Land In Any Part Of The State. The Activities Shall Include Inter-alia:-:-
• Camping
• Trekking
• Angling
• Water Sports
• Elephant Safari
• Cycle Safari
• Riding Trail
• Photo Safari
• Canoeing Safari
• White Water Rafting
• Rock Climbing/mountaineering
• Para Sailing/para Gliding
• Hot Air Ballooning

2. Applications Shall Be Invited By The Tourism Department From Private-sector Investors For Undertaking Such Activities.

3. Government Land Required For Such Activity Shall Be Made Available On License For A Nominal Fee For A Period Of 5 To 15 Years.

4. If The Proposed Activity Demands Significant Construction Of A Permanent Nature, The Proposed Investment Shall Be Considered Long Term And Land Shall Be Made Available Through The Development Agreement. 12.5 Duration Of License, Fee And Other Terms And Conditions Shall Be Finalised By A Committee Constituted By Finance Department, Order Number: F&1/ 42 /04-b.m.u. 2097 Dated 4/9/10 Para. Number 3-1 A.


View State Forest Policy 2005(English) | (Hindi)

1. Eco-tourism Will Be Promoted In Protected Areas And Suitable Forest Areas Outside Them To Create Attachment For Nature In People, Especially Making Them Aware Towards Conservation Of Wildlife And Protected Areas.

2. Inorder To Fully Utilize The Tourism Potential Of Places Important From The Eco-tourism Point Of View, Approach Roads For Such Areas Will Be Adequately Developed.

3. In Accordance With The Prime Spirit Of Eco-tourism, The Shape Of Tourism Will Be Such As To Make The Forest-dependent Communities Partner In The Benefits Of Tourism, Alongwith Conservation Of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection And Social Adaptability.

4. In Order To Reduce The Pressure Of Tourism On Prominent Protected Areas, Eco-tourism Shall Be Developed In More And More Other Protected Areas And Forests Outside Them As Per The Tourism Policy Of The State.

5. Eco-tourism Will Be Developed In The Forest Areas Only After Preparing, And In Accordance With, Eco-tourism Management Plans. The Eco-tourism Management Plan Will Include Clear Procedures For Conservation Of Natural Resources, Like Water And Energy, And Waste Disposal.

6. Heritage Of Religious, Archaeological Or Historical Significance In The Forest Areas, Such As Statues Of Gods And Goddesses, Ancient Statues, Rock Paintings, Fossils, Historical Forts, Etc. Shall Be Enlisted And Documented And Their Restoration And Conservation Shall Be Ensured.

7. In Order To Make Eco-tourism More Attractive And Effective, Interpretation Centers Shall Be Set Up In All The Eco-tourism Areas. Besides, Individual Interpretation Shall Be Encouraged By Imparting Training In This Sphere To Local Educated Villagers, Which Would Not Only Benefit Tourists, But Provide Employment To Such Villagers As Well.

8. In Order To Minimize Biotic Pressure And Pollution On The Forest Areas Adjoining The Protected Areas, Commercial Activities On The Boundaries Of The Protected Areas Shall Be Developed In A Planned Manner.

9. Priority Will Be Given To Spend The Income Generated From Eco-tourism On Tourism Management, Interpretation And Eco-development Works.

10. Special Staff Shall Be Engaged On Contract Basis For Tourism Management In Protected Areas, So That Protection Of The Protected Areas Is Not Affected Due To Assigning This Task To The Regular Staff.

11. For Constant Monitoring Of The Adverse Effects Of Eco-tourism On Forests, Wildlife And Environment, A Suitable System With Laid-down Procedure Will Be Evolved So That The Adverse Effects May Be Controlled And Minimized.