The indigenous Bunong people of Mondulkiri have lived for centuries in virgin rainforest packed with biodiversity and endangered species. Relying on forest products and slash and burn farming there has always been a natural abundance. Recently market pressures have incentivised deforestation and increased hunting on one hand, and on the other strictly‐enforced conservation laws do not even allow traditional livelihood practices. CRDT introduce real alternatives in agriculture, aquaculture, husbandry and tourism to ensure the Bunong and the forest nurture and support each other.
Kratie & Stung Treng
In the highly‐naturally resource dependent Mekong communities, CRDT support the conservation of dolphins, softshell turtles and giant stingrays by reducing the amount of time people spend fishing and educating against the use of indiscriminate fishing methods such as explosives, poison and gillnets. CRDT train community members to become wardens for the environment, to protect wildlife to ensure a future income through tourism, and to protect fishery and forest resources for their children and grand-children’s generation.
Le Tonle Tourism Training Centre
From October 1st 2012 CRDT will take over running of the Le Tonle Tourism Training Centre in Stung Treng. Partnered with the Swiss association Tourism for Help who set up the guesthouse and training centre in 2007, we will offer local youths the professional training they need to enable them to increase their chances of finding work. As well as providing training in the areas of hospitality and reception, catering, maintenance and tourist guidance, students take courses in English, computer science, accounting, geography and history. They are also trained in promoting ecological protection through careful management of water and energy consumption.
Also a guesthouse (see here for current prices and booking), students can put theoretical learning into practice by ensuring the smooth operation of the guesthouse and that patron’s needs are cared for. After finishing their studies, we support students to find work by contacting schools or institutions to continue their studies, guiding them in the creation of their business, and by contacting potential employers and trainers.