‘Does tourism be a panacea to man-tiger conflict & tiger conservation challenge’- a case study on Sundarban Tiger Reserve.

Md Abu Barkat Ali


Man has a symbiotic relationship with the wild since its existence; while the increasing anthropogenic pressure particularly the increasing livelihood dependency on wild resources created a serious challenge like conflict between man & wild particularly the tigers which are described as the symbol of wilderness as well as imposed a serious risk to the existence of this wild resource hence  finding and providing a viable alternative to reduce such dependency of locals & deter them in forest exploitation is of urgent issue. Thus this study tries to excavate how the fringe communities of Sundarban, (both tiger victims as well as non-tiger victims) perceive & value the role of tourism in managing   man-tiger conflict & tiger conservation? Finding from this study reveals that local residents of all categories (ITEC, ITNC and NTNC) possess a relatively more favourable attitude towards tourism & its role in managing man-tiger conflict as well as tiger conservation, however those who are the victims of man-tiger conflict, possess more favourable attitude in comparison to those who were not encountered such conflict.


Key words: wilderness; man-tiger conflict; livelihood; conservation. ITEC; ITNC; NTNC.


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American Journal of Tourism Research

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