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Tourism ministry launches national strategy for sustainable tourism, & responsible traveller campaign

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Tourism ministry launches national strategy for sustainable tourism, & responsible traveller campaign

The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) released the ‘National Sustainable Tourism Strategy (NSST) and launched a responsible tourism campaign.

This strategy (NSST) has been released at the National Summit on Development of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism Destinations.

The conference was organized by the Ministry of Tourism in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program and the Responsible Tourism Society of India.

Objectives of NSST:

  • Mainstreaming sustainability in the Indian tourism sector, and
  • Ensuring more resilient, inclusive, carbon neutral and resource efficient tourism while protecting natural and cultural resources.

Sustainable Tourism:

  • This type of tourism involves an overall environmental assessment of the current and future economic, social and environmental impacts.
  • It meets the needs of visitors, industry, the environment and host communities.

Principle:

  • Environmental Sustainability: Resource efficiency and conservation of natural heritage and biodiversity.
  • Socio-Cultural Sustainability: Respecting the socio-cultural authenticity of host communities, preserving their built and living cultural heritage, etc.
  • Economic Sustainability: Providing socio-economic benefits to all stakeholders, etc.

Seven strategic pillars have been identified in this strategy.

The key stakeholders of the strategy are: Central Ministries; State Governments; local government institutions; Industry; NGOs and local communities.

This strategy can help achieve the following Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Sustainable Development Goal-8: Full and productive employment, and dignified work for all.
  • Sustainable Development Goal-12: Sustainable consumption and production.
  • Sustainable Development Goal-14: Conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources.

Source – The Hindu

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