A slippery slope: On the Jim Corbett National Park case, tourism and conservation

Syllabus: GS- III, Subject:: Environment, Ecology and Disaster Management, Topic: Forest Conservation, Issue: Forest Conservation

Context- the Supreme Court condemned Uttarakhand government for felling trees in Jim Corbett National Park.

  • The government took the action to promote eco-tourism.

Courts Observations:

  • Court deems expansion of tiger safari as a distortion of conservation practices.
  • It noted the case as an example of link between political corruption and environmental harm.
  • It also questioned compatibility of ‘tiger safaris’ with conservation of forests.
  • Eco-tourism, not commercial, should be priority in safari operations.
  • Debate arises over safaris as local employment source versus conservation concerns.
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