Tourism and tribes: Eco-resort for community development
This is a UPNRM project implemented by Vivekananada Girijana Kalyana Kendra (VGKK) in Chamrajanagar District, Karnataka:
Shrinking livelihood opportunities drive tribal communities to exploit their forests’ biodiversity. The project curtails this trend by demonstrating eco-tourism as an alternative livelihood for 2,000 tribal families. This provides employment to the local youth in the hospitality sector, as naturalists and as guides (Rs. 3,000 to 9,000 per month). Moreover, the local community is organised to promote local products such as organic spices and safeguard the wildlife and biodiversity.