Madhya Pradesh is well endowed with a rich gamut of picturesque and relatively undisturbed landscapes, forests, wildlife and cultural diversity. The State has the largest forest area (94,669 sq km) in the country of which more than 10,000 sq km is under Protected Areas, under National Parks and Sanctuaries. It is also home to several rare, endangered and threatened species. Major part of tourism in Madhya Pradesh is centered on nature and wildlife. It is in this context that "Ecotourism" has gained its bearing in Madhya Pradesh. Ecotourism also had potential to play an important role in creating environmental as well as cultural awareness amongst all the stakeholders - local communities, tourists, government and the private sector.
Madhya Pradesh Ecotourism Development Board was constituted with a view to conserve natural resources through ecotourism and with a mission to achieve sustainable forest management through ecotourism. Since its constitution on 12.07.05, a number of activities and projects have been undertaken by the Board. The Board has taken initiatives in the destination development, capacity building, ecotourism activities and promoting conservation education in the state.