Tiger Advocate Valmik Thapar says 'Future of Indian wildlife lies in wildlife tourism' 03 October 2016
A short and frank speech by India’s leading wildlife advocate, Valmik Thapar at the TOFTigers Wildlife Tourism Awards in New Delhi on the 23rd September has set the tone for a new kind of wildlife tourism and conservation partnership to begin.
He stated in this seminal speech that it was time for a wholesale change in the way parks and forests are run and organised, ensuring that the future is about partnerships between all the key stakeholders, the Forest Department, the local communities and the private sector, each a 33% partner in saving India’s wildlife – not the 90% Government run system that exists today. Read more..
Wildlife Tourism Awards 2016 Gala event on 23 September 2016 28 September 2016
The winners were announced at a prestigious Gala event in the grounds of the British High Commissioners Residence, where 250 of India’s best known nature tourism businesses, conservationists, forest and tourism officers, naturalists and guides, gather for this biennial Awards event. Tiger advocate Valmik Thapar and one of India’s top bureaucrats, Amitabh Kant were guests of honour and spoke about the critical need for responsible nature tourism and its value to India’s wildlife. Madhya Pradesh kindly the State partners and a host of TOFTigers members have sponsored the events. Read more..
TOFTigers highlights the needs of the future 2017 to 203211th April 2016
In response to the call from the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests on its recent draft of the Wildlife Action plan 2017 to 2032, TOFTigers response in how to reorganise nature tourism to become Indiaâ€™s best conservation tool is here.