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Ecotourism Model document. English & Lao language.

This brief outlines the ecotourism model implemented at the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area (NEPL NPA) in Houaphan Province, Lao PDR (Laos). The ecotourism products at NEPL NPA have been designed to create a direct link between conservation and tourism so that the money that tourists pay has a positive impact on encouraging local people to protect endangered wildlife. This is achieved through both direct employment of local people in service provider groups, and through incentives that provides benefits to a larger number of villages linked to wildlife conservation.

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Download NEPL NPA Ecotourism Brochure and
read the itineraries offline ->  NEPL NPA Ecotourism brochure


11 July 2012 – Increasing the effectiveness of protected area management in Laos, as well as elsewhere in Asia, requires the development of specialized fields of expertise through proven models of PA management. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has recently short-listed NEPL for funding to develop replicable models of protected area management. Learn more.

1 May 2011 – Finding the Linkages between Wildlife Management and Household Food Consumption in the Uplands of Lao People’s Democratic Republic Natural resources are the main source of protein and vegetables for local people living around Nam Et-Phou Louey, indicating the important value of natural resource management. (For Lao version click here).

19 February 2011 – Status of Bears in Nam Et-Phou Louey.
A recent study by Lorraine Scotson of Free the Bears Fund reveals that Nam Et-Phou Louey NPA has a high density of bears (Black Bear and Sun Bear) relative to other areas in the region.

2 June 2010 – Saving Tigers Now: a prognosis for tigers in eight priority landscapes. Learn about the status of tigers in eight priority areas in this report produced by Wildlife Conservation Society.