Eco Circuit will feature on the fifteen thematic circuits to be developed in the country, as part of the Swadesh Darshan program. The Ministry of Tourism has identified this theme in order to promote eco-tourism in the country. A total of six projects were sanctioned for this theme.
G Kishan Reddy, Minister of Tourism, Government of India wrote a response to the Rajya Sabha with this information. The Ministry of Tourism has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Responsible Tourism Corporation of India (RTSOI). The purpose of the MoU is to take actions that will help promote and support sustainability initiatives in the tourism sector.
Ecotourism is the buzzword for travel in these times as countries become more and more eco-friendly and understand the burden on the environment. India too has gone green in some aspects of tourism, a prime example of this is the state of Sikkim.
According to reports, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has issued guidelines for sustainable ecotourism in the country. Its guidelines talk about the preparation of an ecotourism plan including the description based on the carrying capacity analysis of the ecotourism site. He also talks about monitoring the various ecotourism sites in the country.
The Indian government launched the Swadesh Darshan program in 2014-2015 to develop themed tourist spots in the country.