[ecis2016.org] The environment ministry and tourism ministry officials, have said that they are open to reviewing the Coastal Regulation Zone guidelines, to find ways to promote sustainable tourism, without losing the focus on conservation
The environment ministry was open to reviewing the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) guidelines, one of its top officials said, on November 28, 2017. Arun Kumar Mehta, additional secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, said they were also considering allowing ‘sustainable’ and ‘responsible’ tourism activities in the natural heritage zones, many of which were in the coastal regions.
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“The ministry is open to reviewing the CRZ guidelines. We are also considering (allowing) responsible and sustainable adventure and eco-tourism activities in the natural heritage zones of the country,” a CII statement quoted him as saying. Mehta was speaking at the ‘National Seminar on Adventure Tourism’ in New Delhi.
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Tourism secretary Rashmi Verma had, earlier this month, said that the tourism ministry was working with the environment ministry, to find ways to promote sustainable tourism, without losing the focus on conservation. Satyajeet Rajan, director general, Ministry of Tourism, on November 28, said adventure tourism was a strong focus area of the ministry, while suggesting that various others ministries such as the environment and forests, shipping, home, defence, as well as the state tourism boards, should come together to make it a success.
The environment ministry is in the process of revamping India’s coastal regulation norms, a move that may lead to opportunities for the government to earn more revenues, along the country’s 7,500-km-long coastline.
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