KABANI as a non profit organisation working to reduce or mitigate the negative impacts of tourism on communities and natural resources.
We have been working as a campaign and research organisation for the last 8 years. The learning we have gained through these activities gave us an opportunity to bring local community perspectives in tourism discourses. We experienced many issues in tourism which is jeopardising the life and livelihood of many local community members in destinations.
The need of the hour is a structured campaign and awareness building for favourable policies and programmes for the effective involvement of affected communities in tourism. These observations and learning forced us to rethink the way we were thinking and working. This rethinking facilitated more in-depth discussions and debates among us. We discussed strategies to make our interventions more effective at both macro and micro levels.
These discussions facilitated a new approach of ‘Propose and Oppose’ combination in our work. We believe that any development should benefit the lives and lands of the local communities and should not negatively impact them. As a result we started facilitating community led tourism in India villages.
We supported our first community tourism project with the farmers of Wayanad 5 years ago which gave us experience in setting up community tourism programmes, conducting training programme for villagers etc. Now we are in a process of expanding similar models to other parts of the country. We also realised the need of working with the existing tourism industry (small players) in order to bring changes in the existing tourism (making them more responsible).
At this juncture we have realised more structured effort is essential to strengthen our networks and activities in order to bring a self sufficient approach. As a result KABANI Community Tourism & Services private limited emerged.
This company is envisaged as a profit company but 50 % of the profit will go to KABANI – the other direction’s campaign, policy level interventions and awareness creation on sustainable tourism among various people.