Challenges and Potentials of the Community Based Ecotourism in Livelihood Improvement, A Case Study in Preah Nimith CBET, Cambodia
based ecotourism has been considered as an effective natural resource
governance policy for both forest conservation and livelihood improvement, and
increasing trend worldwide. The Royal Government of Cambodia has been promoting
and establishing community based ecotourism sites (CBET) across the countries.
Preah Nimith CBET is located in a remote region Northern part of Cambodia, next
to protected area, mountrains, and Mekong river, bordering with Lao People’s
Democratic Republic (LaoPDR). Although it has been established for nearly a
decade, it is not known by many people, both local and foreign visitors. Like
many established CBET in Cambodia, Preah Nimith CBET can just sustain its
activities but cannot move to the next level of improvement in terms of
organization, ecotourism packages, facilities, and infrastructure (water,
electricity, accessible road, and sanitation). This study employed qualitative
method, interviewing CBET members, local authorities, provincial department of
tourism staffs, and the relevant NGOs in Preah Vihear Province.
the challenges and potentials of the Community Based Ecotourism in Livelihood