Code of conduct for private investors in ecotourism & recreation facilities in public forests


•Use the forest area occupied in accordance with the license granted and the approved management plan. Avoid neglecting the licensed area or failing to implement beneficial or remedial measures.

•Minimize environmental impacts by using eco-friendly low-impact technology and materials in construction and operation and ensure that construction material, water, energy and other resources used are from sustainable sources. 

•Comply with all relevant legislation and guidelines including those governing state forests, tourist accommodation facilities, environmental conservation, waste management, land use, wildlife, water, labour and occupational safety and health. 

•Protect clients and employees against harm from wildlife, insects, fires, diseases and other natural elements including by proper pre-excursion briefings, ensuring that all clients are accompanied by properly-trained guides and maintaining public or third party liability insurance.  

•Develop and implement operational policies, programs and plans to promote responsible tourism including those on environment, tourism, employment, procurement, waste management, pollution mitigation, community participation, fire-risk management, health, safety and emergency response.   

•Monitor the environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts of the enterprise regularly and take remedial action wherever necessary. This should include carrying out Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and annual Environmental Audit (EA). 

•Manage all wastes effectively, giving priority to waste management methods that are higher in the waste management hierarchy (avoid, reduce, reuse, recycle or dispose).

•Assist KFS in enforcing provisions of the Forest Conservation and Management Act 2016 including informing the service of undesirable changes in the forest, forest fires, illegal harvesting of forest produce and poaching.  

•Promote responsible tourism by using different media and communication methods to inform and educate employees and clients. 

•Take action to improve the forest and general environment in which the enterprise is located. This should include rehabilitating forest areas affected by the enterprise’s operations at the end of the project’s life cycle.  

•Take action to ensure that the enterprise yields net benefits to the forest adjacent community.

•Take action to improve the lot of marginalized sections of the community including women, youth and persons living with disabilities.  

•Develop a risk management strategy that includes carrying out risk assessment; provision of appropriate information for guests on risks involved; developing guests code of conduct; provision of trained guides; development of guest safety and health procedures including process to be followed in the event of an accident.

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