Local Community-based Eco-tourism and Conservation Training among the Indigenous Semai of Ulu Geroh, Gopeng, Perak
Development of a full project proposal through in-depth consultations and interviews conducted with the indigenous Semai community and relevant stakeholders on their indigenous practices and beliefs and how best they can participate in the proposed project. In addition, Rafflesia plant and Rajah Brooke Birdwing butterfly sites within the Bukit Kinta Forest Reserve were identified, with the help of the indigenous Semai, to be jointly promoted, along with the existing known Rafflesia and Rajah Brooke sites, as potential eco-tourism sites. Other activities undertaken included: exploring the feasibility of inter-cropping medicinal plants among durian trees; conducting training courses for the local Semai as nature guides, tour operators, manufacturers of handicraft, and sustainable harvesters of Rajah Brooke; and forming a cooperative in Ulu Geroh to represent the interests and needs of the local Semai, as well as to coordinate their activities.
Malaysian Nature Society
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Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
Awareness was raised of the indigenous Semai community towards conservation of the Rafflesia plant and the Rajah Brooke Birdwing butterfly and their natural habitats. The nature guiding and interpretative skills of the Semai community were improved through training for them on sustainable livelihoods.
Community stakeholder meetings will involve the men and women of the indigenous Semai community of Ulu Geroh.
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