Local Community-based Ecotourism and Conservation Training among the Indigenous Semai of Ulu Geroh, Gopeng, Perak
This capacity-building pilot project aims to introduce conservation training among the indigenous Semai community in Ulu Geroh, Perak to conserve and sustainably manage the threatened Rafflesia plant and the Rajah Brooke birdwing butterfly. This will be done by providing the Semai with training on nature guiding, sustainable Rajah Brooke birdwing butterfly farming, and creating a conservation area to protect the Rafflesia and Rajah Brooke. Alternative sustainable livelihoods will be introduced to the Semai and linked back to their management of the conservation area.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee: Malaysian Nature Society
Country: Malaysia
Area Of Work: Biodiversity
Operational Phase: Phase 2
Grant Amount: US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash: US$ 16,285.41
Co-Financing in-Kind: US$ 2,652.51
Project Number: MAL/01/17
Start Date: 1/2002
End Date: 4/2005
Status: Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
All project-related activities and consultations will involve the men and women of the indigenous Semai community at Ulu Geroh.
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
The indigenous Semai community will be encouraged to adopt sustainable livelihoods such as nature guiding, sustainable Rajah Brooke birdwing butterfly farming, and intercropping of medicinal plants, etc. The elder Semai will also be involved in transferring their skills and knowledge on handicraft production to the other and younger Semai who are interested in pursuing this as a sustainable livelihood.
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