The forest division held a day-long occasion on the Surajpur wetland in Better Noida and Okhla Chicken Sanctuary in Noida on Tuesday to advertise ecotourism within the district, officers stated, including actions included a cycle rally nature walks and bird-watching excursions.
Chief conservator of forests (Meerut zone) NK Janu flagged off a cycle rally with college college students within the Surajpur wetland. Officers stated the scholars had been taken for a fowl watching journey and had been knowledgeable concerning the numerous migratory and resident birds within the space. Equally, guests to the Okhla Chicken Sanctuary got a bird-watching tour in golf carts and through nature walks.
In accordance with officers, the state authorities is making an attempt to advertise ecotourism and different actions to generate and improve consciousness amongst residents concerning the safety of native ecosensitive zones.
“The Surajpur wetland and the Okhla Chicken Sanctuary are wealthy fowl habitats and we see a number of fowl species right here yearly. We try to extend ecotourism in each areas in order that extra folks will be made conscious of the wealthy ecosystem right here,” stated PK Srivastava, divisional forest officer, Gautam Budh Nagar.
In June, the Uttar Pradesh Forest Company organised a day-long nationwide convention in Noida to debate ecotourism and new methods of utilising forest produce, following the instance of different states throughout the nation. At present, UP has simply three ecotourism spots in Pilibhit, Dudhwa and Katarniaghat. The state is taking a look at rising the variety of ecotourism spots, officers stated.
Nonetheless, consultants say that ecotourism is a dangerous and complicated exercise that may solely be developed by way of strict mechanisms in order that the inflow of vacationers doesn’t disturb the prevailing wildlife of the area.
“Officers normally wish to assume that ecotourism will be elevated by way of resorts, large welcome gates, higher tiling, concretisation and planting decorative timber. This isn’t a sustainable method and disturbs the ecological stability of the realm. For ecotourism, it’s important to take care of the pure habitat and improve the native forest cowl,” stated Vikrant Tongad, environmentalist.