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Tamil Nadu
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In the race to get ahead on tourism revenues and tourist arrivals the Government of Tamil Nadu has been on a overdrive on tourism linked infrastructure with little acknowledgement of the negative impacts of tourism. Our work in Tamil Nadu has focussed on tourism trends and collaborated with civil society organisations and movements on the impacts of tourism from the perspective of local people.

In 1989, we made contacts with civil society groups in Tamil Nadu and our knowledge of developments in the state increased with documentation and analysis of newspaper clippings.

In 1990, a workshop on Tourism, Environment and the Law was the springboard for increased networking and plans for collaboration with groups in Tamil Nadu (and Dakshin Karnataka). Prominent among these were Legal Resources for Social Action (LRSA) Chengalpattu, HRF Chennai (Human Rights Forum) and Tamil Nadu Environmental Council (TNEC) Dindigul. In 1991, along with LRSA, an alliance of Tamil Nadu groups took up joint action against the Kovai Zoo project.

By 1993, the campaign against the East Coast Road (a highway project running alongside the coast in Tamil Nadu, built with World Bank funds) launched by several NGOs in Tamil Nadu had gained momentum. Issues were raised about local empowerment and participation in development decisions. The slogan was saalai venum, nedum saalai vendam (we want roads not highways). Given the intensive work we had already done on coastal issues we were invited into the ECRAC (East Coast Road Action Committee) and were the only non-TN group involved in this campaign. We engaged in a feasibility study and a film on the East Coast Road. Revisiting this historic campaign, which was not able to stop the highway from steamrolling ahead, we are engaged now in a study of subsequent rash of tourism development and its impacts on the coastal area between Chennai and Mamallapuram along this road.

Our engagements on coastal issues have perhaps been our most enduring engagement in Tamil Nadu. As part of Coastal Action Network (a network of groups and fisher movements on coastal issues in Tamil Nadu) we have been in solidarity on the various twists and turns in coastal regulation and its impact on livelihoods of coastal people. Following the tsunami which particularly devastated the Tamil Nadu coast, we undertook first a rapid assessment and then a detailed research study in 2005-06 titled Coastal Area Assessment for Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry (now Puducherry) to document the status of coastal protection and violations of the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 1991. We are currently closely engaged with the campaigns on the changes proposed in the CRZ notification.

Our engagements with tourism issues in Tamil Nadu also focused on the hill and mountain regions – which we describe in our programme on Ecosystems, Communities and Tourism, as well as issues related to women, children and tourism. Our active collaboration with TNEC sustained many of these initiatives on the environmental and social impacts of thoughtless tourism and we were able to sensitize large number of network partners of TNEC and Social Action Movement (SAM). By 2002 in an attempt to assess the trends in tourism development in the state we compiled a dossier on Tourism Issues in Tamil Nadu. These groups were at the forefront on the civil society campaigns and mobilization towards the Asian Peoples Plan 21, the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). They also were active partners in large civil society spaces along with us such as the Asian Social Forum (2003) and the World Social Forum (2005).

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