Volume No. 2 Issue No.: 4 Page No.: 659-663 April-June 2008

 

THE ECOLOGICAL CARRYING CAPACITY OF PENCH NATIONAL PARK (INDIA) IN RELATION TO TOURISM ACTIVITIES

 

Ruchira Chaudhary* and Anuradha Verma

Department of Zoology, Govt. Motilal Vigyan Mahavidyalaya, Bhopal (India)

 

Received on : December 07, 2007

 

ABSTRACT

 

Ecotourism has become increasingly popular in the recent years, especially the wild life tourism. This has a direct impact on the ecology of the National Park. In this context, this study deals with the Ecological Carrying Capacity (ECC) of Pench National Park (India), which is the most important component affecting the total carrying capacity of the National Park. For this purpose the estimation of ECC was done using visitors feedback on the local level indicators. The study reveals that the factors of concern were the degradation of roads and air and noise pollution inside the park. Besides the poor standard of guides and lack of nature awareness generation during the visit were of concern. Further, the overall ecological condition of Pench National Park was found to be healthy.

 

Keywords : Ecotourism, Ecological Carrying Capacity, Local level indicators, Biodiversity, Pench National Park

 

 

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