Heritage attracts tourists, and often this tourism promotion at heritage sites undermines several conservation principles. Top-to-bottom conservation mechanisms keep locals away from conservation practices, resulting in direct conflicts at heritage sites (Hampi is one such example). Developing sustainable community tourism through participatory processes could be one way to address this larger problem. This talk explores the relevance of such efforts which help communities benefit from tourism as well as conserve their heritage.

Event Partner

Museum of Kerala History
Sumesh Mangalassery
Sumesh has worked on social advocacy, research and responsible tourism for over two decades. His organization, Kabani, encourages entrepreneurship at the village level and facilitates community involvement in tourism.