In the project at hand, together with our partner FFI and the local civil society groups, we are now promoting a further development and extention of these processes. Near-natural forest management, cultivation of firewood from local species and agro-forestry increase the forest proportion on degraded forest areas in the buffer zone. As rice cultivation is a key to both the ecology of the lake and the livelihood of the population, we support rice farmers in converting to organic cultivation, certification and development of value chains. We also promote the construction of small wastewater treatment plants and village waste management. This reduces the nutrient input into the lake and preserves habitats for water birds such as Sarus cranes and Asian gill-billed storks.
In order to add value through international tourism, we promote community-based ecotourism, e.g. by developing a community lodge and training courses to professionalize local ecotourism groups. Together with village fishery committees and the fisheries authority, we have developed the participatory regulation of fisheries and continue to accompany their implementation process. Throughout the project, the focus is on the development of local civil society organizations such as community forest associations, ecotourism groups and organic farming associations to develop strong partners in the management of the biosphere reserve. In addition, we also advise partners on the national level in the further development of their biosphere reserve strategy.