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Currently in its second phase (2005-2007), the projects implementing agency is the Lao National Tourism Administration, primarily in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry's Department of Forest Resource Conservation, and the Ministry of Information and Culture's Department of Archaeology and Museums. The project's executing agency is the UNESCO Office of the Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific. There is an established field office and on-site team of advisors in Luang Namtha, a mountainous province in Lao PDR's extreme northwest that borders Myanmar and China.  



The Nam Ha Ecotourism Project’s main donor is the Government of New Zealand, which provides generous grant assistance through the New Zealand's International Aid and Development Agency (NZAID).

Project Goal

To strengthen the management, regulatory and collaborative capacity of the Luang Namtha provincial tourism office, related government agencies and the private sector in order to implement economically viable, sustainable community-based ecotourism initiatives that contribute to poverty alleviation and the conservation and protection of the natural and cultural heritage of Luang Namtha Province and the Nam Ha National Protected Area.


Project Objectives
To build on the considerable accomplishments and lessons learned during the first phase of the project, Nam Ha Phase II intends to:

  • Strengthen the capabilities of the provincial authorities and private sector to regulate, coordinate and expand sustainable community-based ecotourism programmes in Luang Namtha
  • Use community based ecotourism as a tool for conservation, rural development and poverty alleviation in Luang Namtha
  • Provide the provincial tourism office, local guides and private sector operators with essential training in community-based ecotourism management and operations
  • Increase the number of women and ethnic minorities from both the public and private sector that are trained in the development and management of community-based ecotourism activities  

Project Time Frame

Nam Ha Phase II field activities began in Luang Namtha during January 2005. The current phase of the project is expected to run until late 2007.