Caught between floods, protests and a pandemic, ecotourism operators bat for resilience

In the Indian Sundarbans, home to a huge mangrove ecosystem as well as native tigers, ecotourism has come to a halt due to restrictions imposed to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus disease. In response, locals involved in conservation efforts and ecotourism have stepped up to educate their communities, especially those that are the most remote, to ensure safety precautions are taken, as well as advocating for government support of those whose livelihoods are threatened.

This is a rapid response story about a coping strategy. Due to the urgent crisis, we are relaxing the ‘evidence of effectiveness’ criterion for solutions coverage on COVID-19 to capture early stage, improvisational, and experimental responses that cope with the pandemic.

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