The project will develop ecotourism sites in Kenya, more specifically in Dunga (Kisumu), Miyandhe (Bondo) and Seka (Kendu Bay). Ecotourism is about finding ways to travel responsibly to natural areas so that the environment is conserved and the well-being of citizens is sustained. The project focuses on climate change, environment and poverty reduction within the urban agriculture and food security context.
A way to reduce poverty
The aim of the project is to facilitate improved planning and transformation of eco-tourism sites and to promote eco-tourism as a viable source of livelihood. When developing the eco-tourism sites the natural environment and sustainable development is important, however creating jobs and reducing poverty levels is just as important. The project will include a dialogue with the citizens on how the sites should be developed and the citizens will also be involved in the actual work. By this, local capacity is created and employment is enhanced as eco-tourism becomes an alternative livelihood. Engaging the community in the project, increasing participation and empowerment is one goal. Additional goals include; improved incomes, enhanced livelihoods and reduced poverty levels.
Bringing initiatives together
Another key to success is training stakeholders within the community teaching them relevant skills and entrepreneurial skills has been identified as important. The aim is that eco-tourism sites can serve as focal points to accelerate the stakeholder’s integration with urban agriculture production and marketing as well as participate in climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives. One initiative is to promote use of solar energy for urban agriculture as well as for domestic and street lighting in the Kisumu City and its surroundings.