Developing alternative livelihoods

Published: 21 August 2015
Last edited: 26 August 2016
A community-based ecotourism home stay program has been developed. The approach promotes socio-economic development, and provides opportunities for local income generation. There is also broad community participation in recovery and sustainable exploitation of Cu Lao Cham Land Crabs. They developed a common guideline, which supports local people to form a land crab group that will issue and approve regulations governing the use of crabs.


Sustainable livelihoods
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution

Enabling factors

Hoi An Old Town – The World Culture Heritage Site within millions of tourists a year is a wonderful support for the Cham Islands MPA alternative livelihood development

Lessons learned

The community-based ecotourism home stay program ensures that local people recap the benefits of tourism directly, instead of outside tour operators. The common guideline, approving regulations governing the use of crabs, ensures buy-in from local people to a conversation ethic, which has in fact increased the price of land crabs and their income.

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