The Centre for Social Research and Development (CSRD) has developed this community-based ecotourism experience in Tam Giang Lagoon with the support of UNWTO and IUCN. The project helped local communities to formulate mechanisms for nature resource management, and to develop community based tourism livelihood activities in order to create an additional income source for the poor fishing families in Ngu My Thanh and Tan My Villages of Quang Dien District, Hue.
Local people provide all the tourism activities and services, which have been developed based on local strengths, assets and skills to maximise local economic benefits by increasing connections and reducing leakages. In total about 100 people are involved, providing guiding and transport services, preparing food, and working as artisans for handicraft producers – bamboo and rattan weaving. The project provides education to improve environmental practice and management by villagers. So far about 200 people have benefited from those activities.
A community development fund fed by donations from tourism operators and visitors has been set up. It will support biodiversity conservation and community development activities in the long run. Investment in infrastructures was stimulated by tourism, including providing basic sanitation and water supply at two villages. About 2,000 local residents benefit from these facilities.
Inside the centre for social and rural development