Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI) is a non-profit organisation with the sole aim to promote and ensure environmentally responsible and sustainable practices in the tourism industry. The society was formed in 2008 by a group of eminent professionals from the tourism industry, as well as, environmentalists under the advice of the Ministry of Tourism.
ESOI works closely with the central and state government bodies responsible for sustainable tourism and a network of like-minded regional / state players across the country to facilitate and support synergy of policies, initiatives and activities at the national and state level.
The Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI) was formed in 2008, at the behest of the MoT, comprising 13 widely experienced founding members from state government departments of tourism and forests, the tourism industry, wildlife conservation, NGOs and also Members of Parliament. This national body for ecotourism stood on three pillars:
- Engaging in advocacy
- Helping create policies and guidelines
- Helping with certification
In its advocacy role, ESOI has launched national workshops on Environmental Law, Responsible Tourism and Best Practises, in partnership with WWF-India, supported by the MoT and state governments. These workshops allow for knowledge sharing, capacity building and a better understanding of ecotourism and its practical implementation. They also help raise awareness on the implications of unsustainable ‘business as usual’ tourism and the need for green measures.
The society is open for membership to conscious companies and individuals who wish to walk the sustainable path and lend support to the cause.