Cruising the backwaters: my holiday or their home?

Alison Stancliffe, Tourism Concern’s founder, describes her Kerala Backwaters experience: My favourite photo, taken recently in the Indian coastal state of Kerala, shows me climbing a coconut tree. I didn’t expect to find myself up a tree, as I’d set off to do something rather more serious – to check out houseboat tourism in Kerala’s […]

Snehatheeram

We are a group of women living in a southern coastal village of Kerala, South India. Fishing and yarn making from coconut fibre are our main livelihood avenues. After the tsunami of December 2004 the village community initiated the process of reviving their traditional ecological and livelihood systems under a project called Punarjani. We organised ourselves into self-help groups and started several income generating activities. In May 2014, we built a small eco-cottage on the shores of a lake to entertain travelers who are seeking candid experience of our village life.

Demand an end to water injustice in Goa

Donate to this campaign Our research indicates that there is growing concern among the people of Goa about the ways in which weakly monitored consumption and irresponsible disposal of water by hotels and resorts are: depleting groundwater and wells polluting waterways and beaches appropriating public water supplies to the detriment of communities and livelihoods, including […]

Empowering Coastal Communities in Southern India

Aggressive tourism development along the coast of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in India continues to exploit vulnerable communities, creating a range of human rights issues, from displacement and loss of livelihood, to social and environmental issues. This undermines traditional lifestyles. Our Tsunami of Tourism campaign (2007-09) raised awareness of many of these issues, and in […]

Protecting the backwaters of Alleppey

For centuries the backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala have been used by local people for cooking, drinking and washing as well as for transportation, fishing and agriculture. They are also increasingly popular with tourists, who hire thatched houseboats to explore the tranquil palm-fringed waters and picturesque villages. However, unregulated tourism expansion is threatening rural communities and […]

End Water Injustice

An update from our Goan partner Eco Footprints on their struggle against water injustice Anabel da Gama, Director of our Goan partner Eco Footprints, provides an update on their efforts to tackle the negative impact of tourism on this southern Indian state’s water resources as part of our WET Campaign. “End water injustice” – thisis […]

New report reveals massive water inequity between tourism and locals

A report launched today (09/07/2012) by Tourism Concern reveals the stark inequities of water access and consumption between tourist resorts and local people in developing countries. Water Equity in Tourism – A Human Right, A Global Responsibility, demands concerted action by governments and the tourism sector to protect community water rights over tourist luxury. Download […]

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