Do s and Dont s For Eco Tourist
- Carry back all non-degradable litter such as empty bottles, tins, plastic bags etc. These must not litter the environment or be buried. They must be disposed in municipal dustbins only.
- Observe the sanctity of holy sites, temples and local cultures.
- Cut noise pollution. Do not blare aloud radios, tape recorders or other electronic entertainment equipment in nature resorts, sanctuaries and wildlife parks.
- In case temporary toilets are set-up near campsites, after defecation, cover with mud or sand. Make sure that the spot is at least 30 meters away from the water source.
- Respect people's privacy while taking photographs. Ask for prior permission before taking a photograph
- Do not take away flora and fauna in the forms of cuttings, seeds or roots. It is illegal. The environment is really delicate and the bio-diversity of the region has to be protected at all costs
- Do not use pollutants such as detergent, in streams or springs while washing and bathing
- Do not use wood as fuel to cook food at the campsite.
- Do not leave cigarette butts or make open fires in the forests.
- Do not consume aerated drinks, alcohol, drugs or any other intoxicant and throw bottles in the wild.
- Do not tempt the locals, especially children by offering them foodstuff or sweets. Respect local traditions.
- Polythene and plastics are non bio-degradable and unhealthy for the environment and must not be used and littered.
A CODE OF CONDUCT
1. Conserve natural and cultural heritage
a) Do not trample vegetation, do not pick any flowers or medicinal plants
b) Do not disturb wildlife or its habitats
c) Do not purchase endangered animal parts or antique cultural artifacts
d) Support local conservation efforts and income generation activities
2. Avoid use of fuelwood. Use alternative fuels
a) Use kerosene, L.P.G. (or other non–wood fuel) for all cooking, heating,lighting including that by staff and porters.
b) Discourage campfires, encourage camp fun
c) Follow safety rules when carrying, storing and using kerosene and gas
3. Leave all camps and trails clean
a) Separate and properly dispose of litter, burn burnable, bury biodegradable, and carry out all other non-biodegradable materials for deposit at designated trash site or for recycling .
b) Use toilet tents on all treks, set up and use toilets tents in an environmentally sound manner so as to avoid pollution of water sources (at least 100m away).
c) Use established campsites and kitchen sites, avoid trenching around tents
4. Practice Conservation
a) Avoid fuel-consumptive menu items, e.g. baked foods and large menu selections
b) Re-package food into reusable plastic containers to reduce waste
c) Reduce waste by de-and replacing also
5. Practice proper hygiene and sanitation
a) Teach all staff about personal hygiene, sanitary, kitchen and camp routines
b) Properly treat the drinking water and uncooked vegetables.
c) Dispose of washing and bathing water well away from streams, use biodegradable soaps
6. Take Responsibility for staff welfare
a) Provide adequate clothing, sleeping cover, shoes, food for cooking, stoves and fuel, and take care of hired staff
b) Periodically train staff in first aid, guide responsibilities, sanitation etc
7. Properly brief tourists
a) Address cultural "do’s" and "don’ts", environmentally friendly behaviour, safety precautions, proper dress and respect for local beliefs, peoples and religious sites
b) Plan days for proper site seeing, know how to identify and treat illness and how to respond to emergency situations.