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Ecotourism is a new concept in tourism. It is a purposeful travel to natural areas to understand the cultural and natural history of environment, taking care not to alter the integrity of the ecosystem, while producing economic opportunities that make conservation of natural resources beneficial to local people. In short, ecotourism can be conceptualised as Any tourism programme that is

  1. Nature based
  2. Ecologically sustainable
  3. Where education and interpretation is a major component
  4. Where local people are benefited

can be called ecotourism. If it does not satisfy any one of these components then it cannot be called a real ecotourism venture. With this background, the Government of Jharkhand has resolved to make the promotion of ecotourism in the State a priority area. The focus shall be on conservation of natural resources through awareness building, diversification of tourism activities and destinations, and local community participation. This is aimed at informing and sensitizing the general public and related Government Departments towards ecotourism and laying down the framework for its growth in the State in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable manner.