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Nam Ha in Laos

Identify and assess the impact of a sustainable tourism project

ProjectCommunity and Environment
Laos is a LEDC in Asia Conservation of cultural heritage of Laos - Numbers of tourists has increased rapidly, 5000 in 1995 to 25,000 in 2000 so risks Westernisation of their culture
Nam Ha National Protected Area is in north Laos Local communites involved in decisions which ompact their community - Many are low budget back packers spending on average £5 a day which is not a lot
Ecotourism project organised by UNESCO - the government there are working with UNESCO to develop tourism in an ecological manner Tourism helps develop rural areas e.g. infrastructure - Tourism destinations change so less people may go to Laos, impact could only be short term
Wilderness area of mountains and deciduous forests Guides and trekkers help to deter poachers so rare species are conserved - Numbers of tourists has increased rapidly, 5000 in 1995 to 25,000 in 2000; increase demand on resources e.g. water, land, increased waste, pollution
Rare wildlife includes rare clouded leopards and tigers which are in danger of extinction, Asian elephants and rare birds Plans for roads
Activities include boat trips, trekking and cave visits
Created by: cmcgovern362