International Entrepreneurial Summit 2019

Supported by ICSSR & IBSD

Ecotourism is responsible travel to fragile, pristine and usually protected areas that improves the well-being of the local people by generating sustainable and equitable income for local communities and create awareness on conservation among tourists. It has immense potential in employment generation and poverty alleviation, especially in regions having high biological diversity and natural assets.


“Ecotourism is responsible travel to natural areas which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of the local community” - The International Ecotourism Society
“An entrepreneur always searches for changes, responds to it and exploits it as an opportunity.” - Peter Drucker

E-Summit aims to bring together stakeholders like individuals, communities, ecotourists, planners, investors, environmentalists with the multi-pronged objective of creating awareness about Eco tourism and inspiring budding entrepreneurs to tread this path with great enthusiasm, knowledge and caution.

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Jointly organized by Shivaji College, University of Delhi and Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD)

ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT THROUGH ECOTOURISM IN NORTH EAST INDIA

The Entrepreneurial Development Cell (EDC), Shivaji College, aims at fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship among students and promotes a culture of innovation and creativity. The ultimate objective is to provide a fertile environment to students so that they can not only cultivate their business ideas but also have the strength to believe in them and work towards turning them into a concrete reality. The Cell exposes the students to newer fields and domains so that they mature not just into entrepreneurs but also as responsible global citizens. Aligned with this mission, EDC is planning an International E-Summit on 14-15 February 2019 on the theme ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT THROUGH ECOTOURISM IN NORTH EAST INDIA in collaboration with Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD)

United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has given a call to all the signatory nations to adopt sustainable tourism in order to achieve Global Sustainable Development Goals of UN. It is therefore imperative for World economies to promote biodiversity and conservation-based Ecotourism.

Ecotourism is responsible travel to fragile, pristine and usually protected areas that improves the well-being of the local people by generating sustainable and equitable income for local communities and create awareness on conservation among tourists. It has immense potential in employment generation and poverty alleviation, especially in regions having high biological diversity and natural assets. It helps educate the traveler, provides funds for conservation, directly benefits the economic development and of local communities, and fosters respect for different cultures and for human rights. It is a thus a growing area for entrepreneurs and an ideal tool for a sustainable development where natural resources can be utilized as tourism attractions without causing harm to the natural area.

The states of North East India have a rich cultural heritage along with abundant growth potential for Eco tourism. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has identified the entire eastern Himalayan region, that includes all eight states of Norths East, as a priority Global 200 Eco region. In recent years, it has been observed that there is a growing trend towards travel to eco-tourism destinations in this region. The need of the hour, therefore is to promote community-based tourism in this culturally rich and bio-diverse region. The involvement of all the sections of the local community, including women could lead to overall economic development of these areas.

Tourism industry is constrained by a myriad of factor, including availability of capital, appetite for risk in new venture, adequate management skills, lack of infrastructure, strict environmental regulations, and quality business plans that take advantage of the market opportunity. However, the unique nature of Ecotourism requires additional ingredients like knowledge of environment and ecology, understanding of local culture of the regions to be explored, sensitivity to conservation, related national and international policies and above all, a strong will to generate sustainable and equitable income for local communities. A great deal of sensitivity and in-depth understanding of the subject and region is therefore needed to create profit generating, environmentally appropriate and socio-culturally acceptable models of businesses.

E-Summit aims to bring together stakeholders like individuals, communities, ecotourists, planners, investors, environmentalists with the multi-pronged objective of creating awareness about Eco tourism and inspiring budding entrepreneurs to tread this path with great enthusiasm, knowledge and caution.

The proposed sub-themes to be taken up in panel discussions, speaker sessions, and interactions:

  • Eco-Tourism and Community Based Tourism Development
  • Sustainable City Tourism in Hill and Mountain Areas
  • Cultural and Religious Heritage Destinations
  • Government Policies, standards and certifications for Eco-Tourism
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities in Eco tourism.
  • Green entrepreneurship – Investors’ perspective
  • “What you can do” to take care of conserved areas and mould the mindset of tourists.
  • Use of technology and innovation.

Proposed activities during the two-day E-summit

  • Business Plan Competitions
  • Nature and wildlife photography session by renowned photographers
  • Display of handicrafts and artwork and speciality of North East Indian states
  • A cultural evening of folk music, dance and performing arts
  • An exploratory three-day excursion to any state in North East India.

The Organising team plans to bring out a small souvenir of the E summit.

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