Science and research from Andhra Pradesh is known to traverse across the world. Adding to the list of many ground breaking researchers and scientists is Professor S Teki. Currently a professor and researcher in the dept of Management studies at Adikavi Nannaya University in Rajahmundry, Teki is set for an international acclaim.
Teki has recently presented a paper on eco-tourism for sustainable rural development at an international conference on green development in the tropical regions at Andalas University in Pedang, Indonesia. This conference was held from October 28th to 30th. He was among two Indian researchers who participated in the USAID-sponsored conference close to 200 researchers, academicians, and policymakers participated from 25 countries.
In his paper, Prof. Teki pointed out that poor people living in the forest and rural areas tend to protect natural resources, only if their livelihoods are protected. He cited the case of the Maredumilli community-based eco-tourism (CBET) project in East Godavari district.
CBET project trained members of 18 tribal households in tourism-related activities across hospitality, tourist interpretation, guest entertainment and maintenance. The project indicated that once livelihoods are protected, the relationship between local communities and the Forest Department became cordial and harmonious.
The outcome of this paper is yet to be substantiated by the Andalas University in Pedang.