Poverty Reduction and Environment Conservation through Eco-Tourism (PRECET)

Poverty Reduction and Environment Conservation through Eco-Tourism (PRECET)

Bangladesh
Organization type: 
for profit
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries. Lack of income opportunity is the main reason behind our poverty.

Environment is also a deliberating issue and people are concern of it. We associate local people in eco-tourism to project local culture and folklore and thus create income opportunity and environment preservation.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The sheer problem that hinders us most is to collect and develop script and train local people for cultural shows. Apart from this, skill development of local handicraft manufacturers is also a problem. The local people (specially the woman) are very raw. They should make competent to make tourists craving satisfied. Moreover our efforts need to scale up to greater community.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Poverty is a concrete issue particular in developing countries having scanty natural resources. There are many innovations and adaptation process for way out. But all are in predicaments leaving the poverty issue intact. Environment preservation is also a commanding event in global perspective and there remains a question who causes the depletion and who brooks the upshot. We have devised an idea and already we are implementing it in our eco- tourism activities. We are getting people around home and abroad enjoy tour to the Sundarban, the world famous mangrove forest and enormous varieties of flora and fauna. Local cultural and folklore are much enriched. We arrange cultural shows for the tourists in addition to their observing the natural beauty of the Sundarban. The cultural shows contain audio- visual information of environment depletion process and its remedies. Handicrafts made by local people are also exhibited here. The tourists pay the cultural artists and purchase local handicrafts. It cerates good source of addition income to the local people and also promote bio-diversity conservation perception to both the local poor people and the tourists all together. We train local people to perform cultural shows and produce quality handicrafts. But our capacity is very limited. If we can provide better training to perform cultural shows and handicraft production and also include more people our conception will be largely materialized.
About You
Organization:
Rupantar Eco-Tourism
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Section 1: About You
First Name

nazmul

Last Name

azam

Organization

Rupantar Eco-tourism

Country

, KHU

Section 2: About Your Organization
Organization Name

Rupantar Eco-Tourism

Organization Phone

+88041720629

Organization Address

7, Hazi Mohsin Road, khulna-9100

Organization Country

, KHU

Your idea
Country your work focuses on

, KHU

Would you like to participate in the MIF Opportunity 2010?

Innovation
Do you have a patent for this idea?

Impact
What impact have you had on your clients and the tourism sector?

Last three years, we have arranged more than 85 (Eighty Five) tours to s where tentatively 1,600 (One thousand six hundred) People participated. The tourists were from home and abroad. Among the 24 (Twenty four) groups enjoyed the local cultural shows and their reactions to us were very positive. In those performances the visitors were highly impressed and opined their impression when they returned and also told their experiences to other people where they were from. It also helps us flourishing our eco-tourism trade. Insinuative messages containing in the cultural performances make tourism and local people alert to care bio- diversity conservation issue in every sphere of their life pattern. It has made our service clearly distinct from others. Actually, we are the pioneer to conduct such guided tours especially to the tour to the Sundarban.

Actions

- Collection of cultural formats
- Train up cultural groups through creating scripts containing information on environment upkeep.
- Skill development of handicraft producers.
- Incorporation of greater community people.

The only obstacle to spread our actions is financial constraints. The above mentioned actions need fund to materialize accordingly .We have concrete plan, qualified trainers and identified groups but not adequate fund.

Results

 Several cultural formats will be identified.

 Some interesting and insinuative script containing environment messages will be created.

 Continuous training sessions will make cultural groups competent.

 Handicrafts of the community will be more attractive and marketable.

 More people will be included in cultural and handicraft production groups.

 Increased number of people will visit .

 Local people’s additional income will be increased and thus poverty status will be reduced.

 Environment and bio-diversity consciousness will be intensified.

 The activities will be replicated in different arena of tourism as well as other sectors.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

1st year:
- Additional 10 groups visited the Sundarban.
- 10 more cultural shows exhibited.
- Community income increased by 10%.
- Environment consciousness promoted.
- Skill of cultural and handicraft groups increased.
- Income of the organization increased by 15%.

2nd year:
- Additional 15 groups visited the s.
- 20 more cultural shows exhibited.
- Community income increased by 25%.
- Environment Consciousness intensified.
- Handicraft sale increased.
- Income of the organization increased by 40%.
3rd year:
- Additional 30 groups visited the s.
- 40 more cultural shows displayed.
- Community income increased by 50%.
- Environment Consciousness increased.
- Handicraft quality and sale increased
- Organization expanded eco-tour operation to other sites.
- Income of the organization increased by 60%.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

Depletion of environment and ecology of is alarmingly decreased. If not sufficient measures are taken by the government and if not people involved in depletion processes are reduced creating awareness-people interested to visit the will loose their passion and thus our plan may be hampered.
Moreover, lack of sufficient fund flow to promote our initiatives may restrain us from continue the planned actions.

How many people will your project serve annually?

1001‐10,000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy or introduce models and tools that benefit the tourism sector in general?

Yes

Sustainability
What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1‐5 years

In what country?

, KHU

Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

If yes, provide organization name.
How long has this organization been operating?

1‐5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

Yes

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

-Partnership with NGO will divert our initiatives to other platform and make us dependable on donation or grants.

- Partnership with business will lead us profit oriented rather than service and local people’s income and consciousness level promotion.

- The Sundarban is a reserve forest and frequent access to it is prohibited. Bureaucratic nature of the forest department is critical to avail permission in this regard. But for security concern and obtain government support we have to maintain relation.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

1. Training for cultural show and handicrafts production.
2. Fund flow for capacity development of the community people and the implementing organization.
3. Conserve the environment and ecological status of the Sundarban .

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

Before a decade and a half ago, I went to operate a fish form in the vicinity of the Sundarban. There I closely met local community, their cultural heritage and excellence. I also observed their artistry of handicrafts production. Later on, when I started eco-tourism to the Sundarban I thought to incorporate local heritage cultural excellence and poverty reduction issue in my eco- tourism business.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

I am Nazmul Azam David. I have come of a middle class family. My father was a banker and I with my friends undertook different activities for the distressed people of the society in my childhood. Sometimes we collected money from rich people and served the financially downtrodden people. When I undertook responsibility to maintain my family, I tried to settle up different business initiatives none of which ultimately got success. Last I along with my friends established an NGO to serve the distressed. Due to some ideological differences will my friends I compelled to quit the NGO and established Eco- Tourism business.

Since I established this trade I thought to incorporate my experience and likings into my business. The idea that I have been fostering along with my life span is a dream of me.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

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