Andaman Discoveries Blog
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Partner’s Forum in Ban Talae Nok: Stakeholder meeting to launch SEED regionally
|Peter of CBT-i leads a group activity with BTN villagers.|
The forum succeeded in raising awareness of CBT as a community activity. The chief conclusion was that for CBT to be sustainable as a long-term community development tool in BTN, community members must work together with a common vision of CBT as a tool to tackle shared challenges. “The people need to know that tourism is not only bringing them income, but also helping to develop their community,” observed Ms. Darunee “Cha” Pakee, BTN Community Coordinator. Increased collaboration between the CBT and other community groups will help build awareness of the possible benefits – cultural and environmental preservation, economic stimulus, and strengthened community ties – of CBT to the whole village.
The forum concluded with a presentation of a copy of the SEED award, which will be proudly displayed at the community center.
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