Understanding the social, cultural, economic and environmental impact of tourism on local communities – Equitable Tourism

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Equitable Tourism Options (EQUATIONS) is a research, campaign and advocacy organisation. We study the social, cultural, economic and environmental impact of tourism on local communities. We believe that tourism should be non-exploitative, equitable and sustainable. A question that has been central to our work and directs much of it is ‘Who Really Benefits from Tourism?’.

Our Method of Work

Research and Analysis – Our research focuses on the impacts of tourism. Under its ambit, the broad areas which we research on are the economic, social, cultural, environmental, and legal and policy impacts. We also critically analyse tourism development at ‘destinations’ on how it impacts the lives and livelihood of local communities, their social milieu and their environment.

Campaigns and Advocacy – We initiate campaigns and support people’s struggles, against unjust, undemocratic and unsustainable forms of tourism. We advocate people’s concerns with local, regional and national government and lobby for change.  Our advocacy aims for decentralised democracy and we believe that communities should have a decisive voice in the access, control and ownership over their livelihood, natural resources and common resources. We try to ensure people’s experience and aspirations influences tourism policies.

Networking – We build networks of people; grassroots organisations, local communities, activists, researchers, trade unions, legal and policy experts, who are concerned, as we are, with ensuring that tourism planning, policy and implementation is equitable, people-centred and just. We rely on our network partners to build our perspectives from the ground.

Source: Equitable Tourism Options (EQUATIONS) | Home
Address : https://www.equitabletourism.org/
Date Visited: 4 July 2019

PRESS RELEASE
Make in India Child Labour and Tourism, June 12, 2015
Click here to download ‘Make in India Child Labour and Tourism- EQUATIONS’, 72.7KB. The same can be read below too.
[…] Budgetary analysis shows that the allocation for child protection continues to receive the smallest share. HAQ, Centre for Child Rights, points out that just as the world community through the UN Human Rights Council is declaring its commitment towards better investment in the Rights of the Child, it is ironic to see India, which was one of the few countries to have recognized the importance of Child Budgeting, takes a step back on its commitment through its reduced allocations for children.
Government of India’s recent proposed steps towards regulating of child labour also reflects the same picture. […]
The informal entertainment sector is part of tourism, the acrobatic and fire work performances of children from adivasi communities, the cultural performances of children from local groups in tourism destinations are all directly related to tourism. This is an aspect that the current amendment has not taken into consideration. […]

Source: Equitable Tourism Options (EQUATIONS) | Make in India Child Labour and Tourism
Address: https://www.equitabletourism.org/readfull.php?AID=3012
Date Visited: 4 July 2019

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