on the go tours are members of TOFT and we are happy to pledge a contribution to TOFT for each of our clients that choose to travel on a wildlife tour in India with us. Travel Operators for Tigers campaign (TOFT) is a collective Global travel industry initiative, in cooperation with the charity Global Tiger Patrol, that aims to advocate and support through supply chain pressures a more responsible approach to tourism in India ’s main wildlife reserves. It also aims to catalyse collective support for specific conservation programmes, which benefit local communities and habitat preservation and restoration.
Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFT) is a unique campaign. The basic premise of the TOFT campaign is that legal, responsible, well managed tourism into India’s finest wildernesses and tiger reserves, is the very best way to save the forests of India and its tigers. Tourism provides the economic imperative and the best reason for protecting tigers, and if we protect the tigers, we protect the landscapes and habitats that they exist in, and the totally invaluable and critically undervalued ‘ecological services’ that forests and their biodiversity provide, in terms in water storage, medicines and carbon sinks to name just a few.
It is the only industry at present that is non extractive, that wants to see healthy untouched habitat and biodiversity in all its glory and is prepared to pay for standing forests over felled forests, live animals instead of dead ones, natural landscapes over cultivated ones.
Tourism is already saving tigers and habitat – but by default and TOFT’s only concern is that it’s not through responsible, well planned and carefully managed tourism.
This is where TOFT aims to change how tourism is derived and operated in India, and how important your purchasing decisions are when only using TOFT members including our Tour Operators, Ground Agents or Wildlife Lodges.
For more information regarding TOFT visit www.toftigers.org