It goes without saying that change cannot take place unless based on sound partnerships that have clearly defined roles, responsibilities and deliverables. Changing farming practices is challenging as these ingrained practices have been passed down for generations. The EWT is able to assist the farmer to bridge the gap between traditional farming techniques and the skills required to transition toward nature-based tourism models.

We found it essential to select farmers who are open to change and then to build their trust through the provision of proven deliverables and mutual respect. Roles and responsibilities need to be clearly outlined and defined in order to speed up the operationalisation of projects and avoid misunderstandings. Our project set holistic goals that supported the farmer and his family, the farm workers, the conservation of biodiversity and provided a unique experience for the outdoor enthusiast.

Building lasting and open partnerships are one of the hallmarks of this project. It is part of the foundation for our success.


Planification de la gestion
Moyens de subsistance durables
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution
Phase de planification
Phase de démarrage
Mise en oeuvre

Facteurs de réussite

  • Trust
  • Open channels of communication
  • Clarity on what parties want
  • Willingness to collaborate
  • Realistic projects that are well thought out and can realistically provide the expected benefits.

Enseignements tirés

  • Trust and partnerships are built on regular contact.
  • Communication must be open and honest.
  • By ensuring that a staff member was on site we could build trust more rapidly. Having an EWT staff member in the area to provide extension services was of critical importance.
  • Finding willing partners that are enthusiastic is critical to success.
  • Providing constant support and encouragement – if you promise to do something it has to be done.
  • Ensure that there is a reciprocal situation where the farmer also has responsibilities to perform at his own cost – this leads to a more vested relationships where it is in everybody’s interest to ensure the project is successful.

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