Tourism is important for job creation and poverty alleviation. Ecotourism in particular has the ability to increase local employment and build opportunities. Therefore, it is the intention of APAMO to use sustainable ecotourism and job creation to encourage and enable the local community of eager and hospitable residents to welcome tourists into the village.
APAMO’s goal is to market five protected areas as unique, authentic destinations- Rio Blanco national Park, the Community Baboon Sanctuary, the Billy Barquedier National Park, Mayflower Bocawina National Park and Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary. These Community Based Organizations (CBOs), with some individually tailored guidance, can offer tours, homestays, environmental and cultural experiences for the discerning tourist looking for something special. Nature breathes life into these mystical places where close-knit communities await with their doors wide open for any visitor to experience biodiversity, community spirit and wellness.
This initiative was made possible with and funded by the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) via a Mutli-Grant Project .This project seeks to address the technical capacity and financial sustainability of the community based organizations and to improve the networking and coordination of co-managers (the APAMO Member in particular) and the Government in order to strengthen protected areas management.