International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 3 Issue 6 2013- June 2013    Pages: 2278-2290  <<Previous    Next>>

Ecotourism in Bagalkot District, Karnataka, India: An assessment of the inhabitants’ awareness level and attitudes

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Nichola  Anastasia Ramchurjee, Suresha S
Department of Environmental Science, Yuvaraja’s College Autonomous, Constituent, University of Mysore, Mysore, 570 005, Karnataka, India

ABSTRACT

The aim of this paper is to explore the scope to which the local residents of the Bagalkot district have positive attitudes and awareness towards ecotourism impact of sustainable development.  The investigation was based on three primary factors, namely social and cultural impacts, level of awareness towards ecotourism and empowerment of the local community. The study revealed that the residents showed a high degree of awareness and sensitivity regarding the socio-cultural issues. They are in need of training and education related to ecotourism in order to improve their lifestyles, economy and resource management. Their involvement in ecotourism programs would be a potential strategy to promote and support sustainable development in the area.

Keywords: Ecotourism, socio-cultural impacts, awareness, sustainable development, Bagalkot, local residents’ attitudes

DOI:10.6088/ijes.2013030600044

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