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started as a community concept on ecotourism is now an regional
story on good community conservation practice...
When the people of Koibatek approached VFA to help them come up
with a management concept for the management of the Lembus forest,
little did they know that this would hatch into a project that would
change their lives, at least in as far as forest management, and
culture exposure is concerned. With funding from the Netherlands
Committee for IUCN, the community, through technical advice from
VFA's Sustainable Natural Resources Management Programme have
established an ecotourism and Cultural Centre. Many see it as the
beginning of better things to come in as far as ensuring they manage
the Lembus forest. The Ecotourism and Culture Centre has various
advantages to the people.
- Income- the Ecotourism site is providing
an income to the community members operating the site. These
include a youth group as well as a women group. Membership to
these groups is from people living all around the forest, and an
income being derived from the forest means the people are able
to directly benefit from their forest. The income is going a
long way in uplifting their living standards, and also make them
believe in the essence of conservation of their forest.
- Forest conservation and or sustainable
use- With Ecotourism, the people now have some knowledge being
passed to them on the importance of forest and wetland
- Education and information- The Ecotourism
site is serving as an education point for the community on the
virtues of the environment, and shows them why they really need
to protect Lembus forest, now and for future.
- Culture- The Ecotourism site is designed
in a traditional set up, and using traditional materials. This
is enhancing a local understanding and preservation of Tugen
To visit lembus contact the Programme