Community based eco-tourism
Together with the Empower Youth for Work project team of Indonesia and the selected team of experts, we learned from the previous experience and evaluations that it is important to promote sustainability of exchanges when developing the solutions. With this in mind, EYW Indonesia laid their eyes on the community based eco-tourism (CBT), which is now booming and developing rapidly in Indonesia.
Focusing on two areas (Maros and Pangkajene Kepulauan), CBT is supported by the local government and will be managed by youth and local communities to develop tourism which benefit them and function as a hub that increases economic activities around the areas. It is envisioned that some of the CBTs will be designed to suit not only for domestic but international tourists specifically from Europe.
CBT enables the tourist to discover local habitats and learn about the society, celebrates and respects traditional cultures, rituals and wisdom. The way it designed will allow the young people and the community to preserve the traditional value on their natural and cultural heritage and at the same time considering the commercialization aspect through tourism.
So far, CBT has reached some exciting achievements:
- In December 2018, we already have engaged and cessfully influenced the government to develop and build master plan for CBT site in Barru and Pangkajene Kepulauan District
- The district government from Barru District offered 4 places to become a pilot and Pangkajene Kepulauan District offered 10 places to become a pilot.
- The district government has stated their commitment to support building physical infrastructure in the agreed CBT site.
- Rapid assessment has been done and based on this, there will be visioning workshop in February 2019 with the communities, young people, government and if feasible local potential investors.
In November, 2019, four country teams from Empower Youth for Work project visited the CBT site in Barru. Have a look at our video!
(Video credit: Aminuddin , Barru District, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia)
Reflection of Faqih from Oxfam Indonesia