03 Jul '11, 4pm

Community-run tourism creates jobs saves nature in Guatemala

Community-run tourism creates jobs saves nature in Guatemala

Indigenous community leaders in a remote, poor region of Guatemala’s northern Alta Verapaz province needed to generate sustainable jobs but had few resources and no training that could be used to create an enterprise. Situated on the edge of the lush Candelaria National Park, the village of Candelaria Camposanto could not set up any agricultural business since it would encroach on the reserve. Hunting in the park was also prohibited. A Peace Corps volunteer assigned to that region told the leadership that they should look at the national park as a resource instead of an obstacle. A network of spectacular caves in the park would make a great eco-tourist attraction. Plus, the new road built in the park would dramatically reduce the drive time to the area. The leadership became more perplexed. They had never met a tourist. “We didn’t know what tourists were,” recalls Santiago...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/community-run-eco-tourism-gen...

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