Wetland Conservation and Ecotourism: South Asian Perspective

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Around the world, in different countries, wetlands are common areas of significant biological and economic importance as they are the homeland of a variety of flora and fauna. It is the basis of livelihood for various sections of population, particularly for the subsistence sector. On the other hand, throughout the world, wetland provides recreational benefits to the travellers who want to enjoy nature. Hence, wetlands with huge biological diversity promote tourism. But the overexploitation of natural resources due to excessive economic activities has endangered wetlands. As a consequence, ecotourism in the modern world has become a strategy of conservation to protect wetlands from extinction. The book is a comprehensive study of the correlation between wetlands, biodiversity and conservation. About forty wetlands in South Asia are identified as Ramsar sites that need to be conserved for the economic development of the region. Ecotourism or sustainable tourism is a strategy for conserving the wetlands and protecting the biodiversity of the region. Wetland based ecotourism in South Asia will promote a link between the people and nature, make the users understand and conserve the wetland resources that are important for tourism and add conservational values to the wetlands. The book also discusses how potential ecotourism in different countries of South Asia is being promoted not only to conserve and manage wetlands but also to enhance the socio-economic development of the local communities and hence of the entire region.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Debamitra Mitra

Debamitra Mitra has done her M Phil and PhD in International Relations and Modern History from Jadavpur University and Calcutta University respectively. She has experience in academics (teaching and research) and media (print and audio-visual) for more than 14 years. She is currently working as Faculty Member at Icfai Business School Research Centre, Kolkata. Prior to joining Icfai, she taught international relations, political science, social work, sociology, environmental studies, international law and feminism at St. Xavier's College, Lady Brabourne College and Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. She also worked for The Times of India, Kolkata, where she headed the editorial team of Art and Edit Cell (Eastern India). She also worked in Pailan Group of Educational Institutes, Kolkata as Director-Academics for a brief period. She has published many articles on international relations and social issues in various academic journals and presented many papers in different seminars. She authored a book 'End of Communist Rule in East Europe, Poland: A Case Study' published by Minerva Associates Pvt. Ltd., and co-authored a book 'Environmental Science' in two volumes published by New Central Book Agency (P) Ltd., Books and Allied (P) Ltd., Kolkata. Two of her edited books on 'Wetland Conservation and Ecotourism: South Asian Perspective' and 'Sociology in Practice: An Introduction' published by Icfai University Press are released in November 2007.


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Wetland Conservation and Ecotourism: South Asian Perspective
1st ed.