TOFT Park Representatives

TOFT has elected representatives in the six key Tiger parks that TOFT represents. Each representative is chosen for their pioneering vision, individual actions and support for conservation in their own region and this is translated into their own business practices with their own lodge or resort accommodation. Details below of each of our representatives.

Dhruv Singh - Anant Van

Dhruv Singh - Anant Van

What Dhruv thinks about TOFT:

"I am a believer in the better nature of people and good intention that we all start our projects and ideas with, India has always been a great example of spiritual growth along with all the other aspect of life like business, I see the TOFT code as being a simple framework on which we are building a standard of working and strengthening our sense of responsibility in a delicate environment.

Any place, project or work that is looking for long term sustainability, it needs to grow and develop to meet the demands and pressure of the present times, if it is unable to do so it will become extinct. A discipline and order sets a standard for this development to be effective, in the wildlife tourism sector where it most required the only formal set of standards and active participation we seem have is the TOFT code of conduct.

At Bandhavgarh the TOFT code of conduct has come at a time where the development of new lodges is peaking and pressure on the park is ever increasing.

Over the past year it may seem like not much has been done on the surface but the seed has germinated and as the pressure will increase people will themselves turn to a system that will support their ideas of responsible tourism. There will be no other way to survive.

I understand we cannot make a person responsible, we can only guide him. He has to feel the importance of responsibility himself, or see the benefit of it. The TOFT code of conduct sets the path to responsible tourism at the same time it’s a guide to successful wildlife tourism.

I have tried it for 2 years and benefited, the result of Churhat Kothi is for all to see; now we are taking the experiment with responsible tourism and the TOFT guideline even further with our new project Anant Van.

I am convinced it will inspire responsibility."

You can contact TOFT Bandhavgarh Representative at bandhavgarh@toftindia.org

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Hashim Tyabji - Indian Exploration and Pench Lodge Owner

Hashim Tyabji - Indian Exploration and Pench Lodge Owner

About Hashim:

Director and owner of Bagh Van Lodge, Pench National Park, and today is employed by India Explorations in the UK.

In his former life he was a former Chief Naturalist at Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge in Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal, and former member of the Indian Board of Wildlife. He has a house near Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve where he has served as honorary wildlife warden, undertaken a bird survey, published a guide to the Reserve and acted as scientific advisor on television films about tigers.
Hashim is an active executive committee member of TOFT in the UK and passionately feels about the concepts of responsible tourism and follows best practices. He along with other committee members works on implementation and strategies for TOFT.

You can contact TOFT Pench Representative at
pench@toftindia.org

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Jehan Bhujwala

Jehan Bhujwala

"Wildlife tourism hugely impacts the development of any given area. In our National Parks, tourism and conservation have often been treated as two independent issues; however it is increasingly acknowledged that tourism is a vital tool in conservation. The TOFT programme has arrived at a time when principles in responsible tourism need to be spread, and fast.
One of the unique features about TOFT is its emphasis on drawing together the various goals of accommodation providers, tour operators and thousands of travellers, and uniting them together in their shared mission to promote sustainability. This collective voice will strengthen the campaign’s objectives, and will become the only acceptable way forward.

There is a great deal that can be done to protect the fragile environments and communities that we either visit or inhabit. TOFT is an excellent start for us at the ground level where we can all work together to ensure that the services we provide are responsible and sensitive to our future."

You can contact TOFT Kanha Representative at
kanha@toftindia.org

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