Economic Development

Dragging a net along fish-pond

Dragging a net along fish-pond

Horticultural class at Panda Garden

Horticultural class at Panda Garden

Portable cement stove

Portable cement stove

Paper made from waste pulp in a discarded oil drum

Paper made from waste pulp in a discarded oil drum

Drying hand-made paper sheets in the sun

Drying hand-made paper sheets in the sun

HEEED staff diving with tourists in LMNP

HEEED staff diving with tourists in LMNP

Challenges:
Sustainable alternatives to traditional incomes of fishing and sale of poached wood fuel.

HEEED solutions:

  • Integrated aquaculture/agriculture: nutritious crops, poultry for domestic use/for sale to tourist lodges.
  • Develop mud and cement stoves as well as a fuel briquettes and hand-made paper business, using waste vegetation.
  • Using art, as a tool, in environmental education – raise awareness about HIV and AIDS and nutrition (particularly among children 6-12- years old) – through observation, drawing of local flora and fauna, drama (using wildlife cartoon characters in an educational booklet entitled The Hiding Hyena) – all contributing to the income generating activities (IGAs) and production of HEEED Handicrafts (sisal, banana stem and bottle top baskets).
  • Foster an ecotourism industry focused upon the underwater wild-life that is unique to the region, providing divers and boats for tourist snorkeling excursions in LMNP; HEEED is currently running Cape Maclear EcoLodge with lake-shore activities and the income helps to fund various HEEED community projects.
  • Maintaining a clean village and shore-line: HEEED has been training the local populace in diving and the importance of maintaining clean environment.