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Tourism, Heritage and Conservation

Tourism has emerged as one of the key drivers of growth among the services sector in India and around the world. It is a major pillar of economic development and employment generation. Tourism, in India, has significant potential considering the rich cultural and historical heritage, variety in ecology, terrains and places of natural beauty spread across the country. Coastal and maritime tourism, one of the most untapped pristine resources for the sector, particularly for Small Island Developing States' (SIDS), predominantly depend on the health of theirmarine ecosystems. Thus Tourism in coastal areas must always be developed under the purview of Integrated Coastal Zone Management so as to ensure sustainable use of fragile ecosystems and  regulated promotion of the blue economy.

To develop and manage tourism, a multi-dimensional approach is needed to strengthen the institutional capacity, engage with multiple stakeholders and establish appropriate protocols and-systems.

Our approach to Tourism, Heritage and Conservation is based on understanding the constraints of the institutional environment and building on this to provide institutional and capacity support to ensure long-term sustainability. Linking tourism with economic growth and employment, we work with governments to boost value-added tourism, while maintaining the value of tangible and intangible heritage and natural environment. We have been involved in multiple assignments of project management, design and supervision activities supporting governments in sustainable, integrated and inclusive tourism development, capacity building, strategy development, management of key natural and cultural heritage destinations, improved market connectivity, environmental planning of tourist places, carrying capacity based development of tourism infrastructure, and institutional strengthening of nodal government departments.

Anil Kumar Bansal


Anuja Shukla

Projects

  • NITI Aayog: Detailed Master Plans for holistic development of Package III islands (Minicoy Island, Bangaram, Thinnakara, Cheriyam and Suheli)

    Package III islands includes total of 5 islands located in Union Territory of Lakshadweep. One of the key objectives of this project is recommendations for economic upliftment through tourism development while preserving the culture and minimal impact to the fragile and sensitive eco-system. IPE Global will be responsible for preparation of Master Plan on a sustainable basis, including detailed development proposals and the estimated costs along with formulation of Implementation Strategies of the development plans clearly delineating the areas for investment through public funds, PPP mode and through private initiative.

  • Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka: Preparation of a Coastal Master Plan for the three coastal districts in Karnataka

    The prerequisites for the Master Plan are implementation of fundamental principles of preservation of the ecosystem and natural habitat, sustainable and responsible tourism development on Public Private Partnership basis, and engagement with the local communities. In addition, well designed mar¬keting and outreach strategies for ensuring safety and security of visitors will also be devised, according to a statement here today. The coastline of Karna¬taka stretches for 320 kms between Mangaluru in Dakshina Kannada dis-trict and Karwar in Uttara Kannada district. The 8 main rivers which drain into it are Nethravati, Gurupur, Udiyavara, Mulki and Pavange, Sita and Swarna, Haladi, Chakra, Kollur and Baindur. Karnataka has two major ports-- Man¬galuruport and Malpe Fishing Harbour along with six minor ports. The State is linked with Mumbai and Thiruvanthapuram through a National highway and railway and is home to some of the most splendid coastal landscapes. The beautiful beaches, stunning backwaters and incredible islands make this state a potential tourism hot spot. 
    The Coastal Master Plan will act as a building bridge between biodiversity, generation of livelihood opportunities for locals and provide for sustainable tourism development. It will include initiatives for protection of local resourc¬es, and developing economic opportunities for the dependent communities living in tourism rich regions. It will also include strengthening partnerships and collaboration between biodiversity and development sectors. The plan shall aim to ensure that the biological conservation and development should go hand in hand.

     

  • NITI Aayog: Detailed Master Plans for holistic development of Package I islands (Smith Island, Ross Island, Long Island and Avis Island)

    NITI Aayog has appointed IPE Global to prepare a detailed Master Plan for the holistic and sustainable development of Package I islands which includes total of 4 islands located in Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar. The primary focus is to set a model in place for holistic development of shortlisted islands while preserving and maintaining the natural ecosystem and rich bio-diversity. IPE Global will be responsible for preparation of Master Plan on a sustainable basis, including detailed development proposals and the estimated costs along with formulation of Implementation Strategies of the development plans clearly delineating the areas for investment through public funds, PPP mode and through private initiative. Duration of the project is fifteen months.

  • The World Bank/Chilika Development Authority: Preparation of Tourism Master Plan for the Chilika Lake & its Catchment in Odisha under ICZMP-Odisha, India (2014-2016)

     Aimed to promote responsible tourism including eco-tourism and community-based tourism in and around Chilika Lake, the second largest brackish water lagoon in the world and the largest in Asia (spanning over 1100 sq. km), the project focuses equally on con¬servation and wise use of natural resources, in compliance with environmental/ ecological laws and regulations. We have prepared tourism master plan for promoting overall tourism in and around Chilika Lake and its catchment area. The Master Plan aims at en¬hancing the visitor experience, improve growth based sustainable market position, maintaining ecological balance and developing competitive tourism products which will provide optimum level of visitor satisfaction. In addition, the scope also includes preparation of project profiles for tourism investment opportunities for a maxi¬mum of 10 selected priority sites (derived from the proposed tour¬ism zones) which will be promoted by the Government of Odisha as PPP projects
    Environmental and tourism zoning, infrastructure assessments, tourism performance benchmarking and development of lake and island tourism products have been undertaken in the project. De¬tailed carrying capacity assessments for recreational boating in Chilika Lake and proposals to enhance Mangalajodi as an interna¬tional birding destination is part of the tourism master plan. 10 ready to invest projects have been developed in various thematic clusters in the project.

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