Ecotourism

This subcomponent will aim the followings.
  • To define the concept of ecotourism mutually understood by the Forest Department and the Tourism Department, 
  • To develop basic expertise related to ecotourism particularly from the viewpoint of the policy makers, and 
  • To enhance capacity of the officers responsible for ecotourism.

Training on Ecotourism for Selected IFS and SFS officers
A five-day training course on ecotourism will be conducted for selected IFS and SFS officers in Sikkim. The training will cover the issues such as
  • how the Forest Department can provide the appropriate policy, regulatory, and supporting framework for the private sector;
  • the role of the forestry officers;
  • how to implement the proposed ecotourism policy so that ecotourism does not encroach on and damage the environment;
  • environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts of developing ecotourism in Sikkim, presenting strategies to enhance the positive impacts and minimize the negative impacts; and,
  • the ecotourism business so that the Forest Department understands the needs of ecotourism supply chain and the resources that have to be employed to ensure success.

Training on Ecotourism for Selected Officers & Frontline Staff Members of the Forest Department
A one-day workshop on ecotourism will be organized for selected officials and frontline staff members of the Forest Department as well as selected officials of the Tourism Department in Sikkim. The workshop will be conducted before or after the short course on ecotourism planned for JFMCs, EDCs, PSS and NGOs at field level. The workshop will provide an overview on ecotourism including how the government can play an effective role in promoting ecotourism in Sikkim. A consultant appointed for the ecotourism component will assist the PMU in organizing the workshop.

Training on Ecotourism for the Focal Person on Ecotourism in the Forest Department
A two-week course on subjects such as tourism, ecotourism and/or marketing will be attended by the officer(s) responsible for ecotourism at the headquarters.