Ban Talae Nok Community Action

Youth Conservation Group

ban talae nok village - youth conservation

The youth are very much aware of the importance of their surrounding mangroves and natural resources. Mangrove Action Project has been integrally involved, supporting shrimp pond restoration efforts and education. The village holds frequent camps and environmental education activities to encourage the children to think globally and act locally. The Youth Group pass on their informative messages with entertaining puppet shows. They have also travelled to other villages to tell other children why the world is worth saving and how everyone has a part to play.

Ecotourism

ban talae nok village - organic garden

The Ban Talae Nok Eco Tourism Club consists of several groups (homestay, local guide, handicraft, boat, cultural) managed on a rotational system to ensure fairness to all members when guests come into village. Trips into village include a compulsory donation into the community fund which is used to support village projects such as a recycling and waste project, adult education, and the Ban Talae Nok Youth Conservation Group.

Ban Talae Nok is an excellent example of how villagers are combining tourism with community conservation and development. In 2008, Ban Talae Nok received the Kinaree Award and was instrumental in Andaman Discoveries' success in six International responsible tourism awards.

ban talae nok village - conservation puppet show

In 2006, Responsible Ecological Social Tours Project (REST, now part of www.cbt-i.org) and the North Andaman Tsunami Relief (NATR), conducted an initial community assessment and study tour of Ban Talae Nok, which included discussions of community-based tourism and its potential to provide a supplementary income. The aim was to provide supplementary income to families via eco, cultural and handicraft tours in and around the village.

Later the same year, three members of the community joined a six-month vocational training program (Adventure, Community-best, Eco-tourism ACE), conducted by NATR, which included guide training, community tourism development and English and IT training. The trainees returned to the village to work on their own development projects, one of which was to develop the village community tourism project and homestay group. One of the trainees is now the village coordinator and a homestay host mother.