Promoting Community Managed Ecotourism in Chitwan Annapurna Landscape and Terai Arc Landscape (Draft Report)
Promoting Community Managed Ecotourism in
Chitwan Annapurna Landscape and Terai Arc Landscape
Community Based Ecotourism (CBET) is a great model for country like Nepal. CBET is a complete tourism initiative driven by the community wherein the local community improves its capacity to use social capital through collective action and enhances its levels of participation in the development process. In line with this concept of community based ecotourism is the Hariyo Ban Program. It attempts to achieve its objectives of biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation through approaches that include agriculture, forestry and tourism. The goal of this assignment under the Hariyo Ban Program is to learn lessons from successful community ecotourism pilots, identify two sites in CHAL and two sites in TAL with the potential to promote community based ecotourism, and to produce site-specific ecotourism plans based on economic feasibility, social acceptability, environmental sustainability, and the capability of the sites to provide alternative livelihood options to local communities. The study has explored how we can increase the local community’s involvement in the tourism activities under CBET through small interventions and partnerships.