The project "Sustainable community-based tourism development in Tam My Tay commune" is funded by the EU National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) and the Goethe-Institute in Vietnam through the GreenViet Biodiversity Conservation Center (GreenViet) and Provincial Department of Planning and Investment, Quang Nam approved the implementation in Decision No. 200/QD-SKHDT, dated July 29, 2022. The main objective of the project is to contribute to the conservation of the gray-shanked douc population, livelihood development and rational use of resources through the model of community-based tourism in Tam My Tay commune.
The project is a collaborative outcome that entails both the comprehensive research results and major protection achievements of three local Non-Profit Organisations GreenViet, CAB Hoian and Quang Nam Tourism Association. Involved through hearing training and empowerment is the local community of Tam My Tay, with 60 households on around 30 ha land in mountainous area. The majority of the people live on acacia.
However, the acacia monoculture in the habitat of the Grey-shanked Douc langur is not environmentally and economically sustainable. This project reacts to this and supports the development of community-based tourism, as an alternative livelihood for the local people. The project advocates a community-based set of rules and practices for tourism management and practices. By research and open discussions, trainings to community members and support to lead project activities. Multi-stakeholder approach implies support by authorities at provincial and national levels, and exchange webinars to learn from international experience in comparable fields.
The outcome for tourists is a digital story map platform with information about landscapes, biodiversity, conservation, geography and cultural heritage in Tam My Tay and the neighboring areas. The outcome for the locals is a transparent trading process with environmental protectors, cultural researchers, investors, tourists. There will be income for conservation work and local labour.
In addition to collecting stories about biodiversity conservation, the project also focuses on researching cultural heritages in Tam My Tay and neighboring areas to find potentials for connecting with community-based tourism in Tam My Tay commune, contributing to biodiversity conservation and local cultural heritage preservation.
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