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MEDIA RELEASE
From the International Institute for Environment & Development

4 January 2006

AFRICAN-STYLE ECOTOURISM BOOST FOR CAMBODIA

Local people and endangered animals such as elephants, tigers and wild water buffalo will benefit from a unique ecotourism initiative in Southeast Asia led by the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and WWF in Cambodia. The new project in the dry forests of Northeast Cambodia will conserve species through the involvement of poor rural communities - which know the area best - in all aspects of tourism development and operation.

"Being pro poor, pro wildlife and pro tourism may seem like a tall order, but our experience of similar projects in southern Africa shows that these things can be happy bedfellows," said IIED’s James MacGregor. "This is what sustainable development should be about - managing natural resources to meet the needs of people...

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