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Eco tourism

Thanks to the support of the MAVA foundation, Chimbo in cooperation with Daridibo has been able to execute a project on ecotourism development in the Boé

Ecovolunteers

The MAVA project  focused on the development of ecotourism in the Boé region. The main focus of the project has been to attract eco-volunteers. The reason for this is that the Boé area is remote and local people do not have any experience with tourism at all. It was a big challenge for them to be trained in dealing with tourists and learning languages. But the most important reason to choose to develop eco-volunteer tourism first is the return on investments and results, both financially and in the field of conservation. In general this type of tourists accepts basic accommodation, is interested in local culture, wants to experience wilderness and seeks experiences different from those to be found in the developed world.

Income for local people

People in the communities of the Boé are closely involved in the ecotourism programme. It provides an alternative source of income. If people in the Boé area benefit from the tourism, and in that way indirectly from their environment and its biodiversity they will care more about it and support actions to keep it intact.

In this way the area and its flora and fauna will profit from this situation, as will the local people.

The programme

For eco-volunteers a programme has been set up that serves nature conservation and improves the well-being of the local population. Examples of the work volunteers can do are:

  • Participating in the field research (for example collecting samples for genetic reseach, analyzing data op trap camera’s, count chimpanzee nests etc.)
  • Assisting in the trainings given to local staff and other local people (for example develop exhibitions, give environmental field training to basic school kids, prepare nature lessons for basic school teachers etc.)

or do support work that is not directly related to conservation:

  • Assisting in the village on improved techniques for food preservation
  • Teaching adults (language courses and computer courses)
  • Teaching children (washing your hands and drawing)

See the result

Our aim in this project is that the volunteers will see some result of their own work during their stay and in general see how the work of eco-volunteers is used for the benefit of nature conservation and improvement of the well-being of local people. This will motivate the volunteers as well as the local communities.

Become an ecovolunteer

Do you have questions about the eco-oulunteer programme, or do you want to become an ecovolunteer in the Boé? Please send an email with the skills you will bring and the period you would like to come.