Pro-Poor Tourism Project in Quan Ba, Ha Giang Province
The project takes place in Ha Giang, one of the poorest provinces in Vietnam. 85-90% of the inhabitants are ethnic minority farmers, living on subsistence agriculture. The land is mainly karst with a poor thin layer of soil. High human pressure on land, water shortages and deforestation are a combination of factors that limit people to improve their livelihood through agriculture. Forest management, off-farm activities and rural family business, like tourism, are potential alternatives for development of income generation and reducing poverty.

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Overall Objective: reduce poverty of local communities, through establishing an income-generating activity by -and for the villagers based on available and unique cultural and natural resources, its sustainable management and fostering/validating their cultural identity.
Specific Objectives:
• By 2013, each commune has 2-3 villages that generate income from pro-poor tourism (homestay, services, local products, fees, and others);
• On average each village receives minimum 150-200 tourists a year (maximum 720 tourists a year) for 1 night by 2013;
• At least 40 households (5 per village) have regular employment and income from PPT activities and 10% belong to the poorest category;
• Villages and tourist companies (8-10 in total) work together based on a MoU of PPT (2010);
Target households are registered and supported by authorities and tour operators and will be part of the official tourism network/activities.
Overall Objective: reduce poverty of local communities, through establishing an income-generating activity by -and for the villagers based on available and unique cultural and natural resources, its sustainable management and fostering/validating their cultural identity.

Specific Objectives: 
• By 2013, each commune has 2-3 villages that generate income from pro-poor tourism (homestay, services, local products, fees, and others);
• On average each village receives minimum 150-200 tourists a year (maximum 720 tourists a year) for 1 night by 2013; 
• At least 40 households (5 per village) have regular employment and income from PPT activities and 10% belong to the poorest category; 
• Villages and tourist companies (8-10 in total) work together based on a MoU of PPT (2010); Target households are registered and supported by authorities and tour operators and will be part of the official tourism network/activities.

Target Group:
Villagers from three communes in Quan Ba District. The project starts with 3 remote villages and progressively develops the activity to 5 more places. In each village, at least 5 households (10% of them are from the poorest category) will participate directly in the project. A village community fund will be set up for sharing the benefits and finance community projects, meant to develop and improve further needs related to tourism, such as infrastructures, environmental conservation projects or cultural initiatives.
Project is conducted by:
Caritas Switzerland in Vietnam 
PanNature (local NGO)
 

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