Wildlife SOS co-founders, Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani were recently invited to speak at the ‘Uttar Pradesh Investors Summit 2018’ on responsible eco-tourism.
The two day event held at the Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in Lucknow was inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi & Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The summit was conceived with the aim of showcasing different investment and business opportunities across various sectors and brought together investors, policy & decision makers, head of states, ministers, senior Government officials, academics and local business communities. It also includes panel discussions, strategic sectorial session, and technical presentations on one-to-one business meetings. Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Thailand, Mauritius, Slovakia were partner countries for the flagship event.
Among the speakers was Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind along with dignitaries like Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharam, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Suresh Prabhu among others. Leading industrialists Mukesh Ambani, Anand Mahindra, Gautam Adani & Kumar Mangalam Birla also addressed various sessions.
Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, delivered a lecture on ‘Promoting Responsible Wildlife and Eco-Tourism’ during the session on ‘Tourism- Leveraging a Cultural Heritage and Modern & Progressive Uttar Pradesh.’ During the session, the panelists discussed how eco-tourism is an opportunity to show case the rich natural heritage of India and Uttar Pradesh. Eco tourism and wildlife tourism if executed responsibly has the potential to address livelihoods, community upliftment, poverty alleviation and women empowerment among other things.
Additionally, the Hon’ble Prime Minister and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, stated that we must work towards strengthening eco-tourism. It is the need of the hour to encourage positive environmental action by inspiring people to actively participate to protect our wildlife and natural heritage.
This mega-summit was a unique opportunity for Wildlife SOS to raise public awareness on the contribution of sustainable tourism to development as well as for the cause of Indian wildlife.