The Chi Phat Community Based Eco-Tourism (CBET) program has continued to serve as a model of an effective eco-tourism site. In July, two groups of tourism communities from different parts of the country visited Chi Phat to learn how Wildlife Alliance and local authorities developed and grew the project. The CBET team was also invited to the Phnom Penh International School to give a presentation to university students on sustainable eco-tourism development. And in October, Chi Phat CBET was chosen as the best initiative of the UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA) 2017.
The total number of tourists who visit Chi Phat has continued to grow and the number of Cambodian visitors has already more than doubled as compared to 2016. As the number of visitors increases, Chi Phat has made an effort to increase security by installing four CCTV security cameras. To improve their offered services and accommodate the growing number of visitors, CBET purchased 20 new life jackets for boating activities. In August, 20 student volunteers from Outlook Expedition, UK, came to Chi Phat to build two new forest campsites in O’ Sampov and Damnak Khos camping areas.
The Chhay Areng CBET project is scheduled to open to tourists in January 2018, which will bring a new source of income to another local community!
Thank you for supporting the Chi Phat community and others, helping them develop and grow their sustainable sources of income!
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