STCI Pilot testing & Call for Expression for Participation


Eco-Tourism Society of India (ESOI) calls for participation of interested and relevant stakeholders to conduct Pilot Testing of the Sustainable Tourism Criteria of India (STCI) standard version zero. Ministry of Tourism (MoT) initiated development of sustainable tourism Criteria & indicators after a National Workshop on STCI in July 2010. A sub-committee chaired by Joint Secretary (Tourism) GoI constituted in 2010, comprising of stakeholders from tourism industry to develop STCI criteria & indicators based on four pillars viz.a.viz Effective sustainable management, socio-economic, cultural and environment aspects. In 2016, MoT recognized ESOI to drive and advocate STCI in the country.
ESOI in collaboration with GICIA India Pvt. Ltd. is currently seeking stakeholders input for STCI version zero and expression of interest to participate in the pilot testing of criteria and indicators developed for hotels and tour operators.
A copy of STCI standard is available at
For further details and submission of expression of interest please contact undersigned.
Dr. Anjuna Dhir
T: +91-9811031980

GICIA India Pvt. Ltd.
Ms. Taruna
T: +91-9716786623

Amazon rainforest

PEFC Chain

The rainforest likely formed during the Eocene era. It appeared following a global reduction of tropical temperatures when the Atlantic Ocean had widened sufficiently to provide a warm, moist climate to the Amazon basin. The rainforest has been in existence for at least 55 million years, and most of the region remained free of savanna-type biomes at least until the current ice age, when the climate was drier and savanna more widespread.[4][5]

Following the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event, the extinction of the dinosaurs and the wetter climate may have allowed the tropical rainforest to spread out across the continent. From 66–34 Mya, the rainforest extended as far south as 45°. Climate fluctuations during the last 34 million years have allowed savanna regions to expand into the tropics. During the Oligocene, for example, the rainforest spanned a relatively narrow band. It expanded again during the Middle Miocene, then retracted to a mostly inland formation at the last glacial maximum.[6] However, the rainforest still managed to thrive during these glacial periods, allowing for the survival and evolution of a broad diversity of species.[7]