This project is training local people to map and document their sacred forests. Sacred forests contain important biological and cultural resources, often not found elsewhere. The information generated will be used to create a GIS database that will be used to help local people meet their own objectives such as developing ecotourism businesses, accessing national programs and developing restoration projects.
The project will help local people develop governance systems and the sustainable utilization of non-timber resources from the sacred forest. The project will help with the establishment of a nursery of forest plants for restoration of degraded sites.
The project is expected to enable the local people to develop a self-financing nursery, establish eco-tourism businesses and seek payment for ecological services once the forests have been restored, documented and properly monitored.