Community-Based Eco-tourism for the Indigenous Semelai Community in a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance - Tasek Bera, Pahang
The conservation of the Tasek Bera wetlands through the development of participatory mechanisms to empower the indigenous Semelai community around the Tasek Bera wetlands to manage their natural resources sustainably and adopt alternative livelihoods to reduce their impact on natural resources and reduce further encroachment of limited forest habitats in and around the wetlands.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee: Wetlands International-Malaysia Programme
Country: Malaysia
Area Of Work: Biodiversity
Operational Phase: Phase 2
Grant Amount: US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind: US$ 17,753.05
Project Number: MAL/00/01
Start Date: 1/2001
End Date: 6/2002
Status: Satisfactorily Completed

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Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
A database of resource persons (nature guides, boatmen and others) among the Semelai community will be compiled and partnerships created with other small businesses, tour operators, educational institutions and the media to promote sustainable alternative livelihoods for the Semelai community. The Semelai will be encouraged to adopt alternative sustainable livelihoods that will also improve their economic levels (currently 50% of Semelai population residing around the Tasek Bera wetlands live under the national poverty level).
Gender Focus
Regular community meetings will be held by WI-MP with men and women from the Semelai community to involve them in developing a sense of ownership of the project and setting workplans and project implementation strategies.
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