Angel Conservation has always been keen on developing a sustainable development plan forecotourism in the Kamarata Valley and indeed Canaima National Park as a destination this would greatly benefit the conservation of the Pemón culture. The plan is to work within the structure and confines of the Telemedicine / Communications Project to include these locations for the benefit of medical, cultural and tourism sustainability. A natural bi-product too would be the creation of much needed employment for the local Pemón and a distraction from the illegal extraction of gold in the national park.
Angel Conservation / Fundación Etnika are well aware that the aforementioned models and programs need to work within a sustainable tourism framework that empowers the Pemón and provides them with economic and environmental benefits. In order to achieve these elements, one has to adopt a support mechanism for education – both for the Kamarakotos and the general public.
The sustainable tourism program has two primary educational objectives:
Education of the Kamarakotos, to prepare them for the forthcoming collaboration they will soon have with the wider world, including, in a sense, their entry into the ‘responsible tourism industry’. Outreach directed to the greater public, which is often not familiar with indigenous cultures generally and the Pemón in particular.
Outreach objectives are described as follows:
- To raise awareness about indigenous cultures and peoples and efforts underway across the world to protect and sustain indigenous cultural heritage and life.
- To assist in making the program sustainable by attracting financial support from foundations and others through the creation of a visible presence as a forum for education about the region.
- To prepare those members of the public who will visit the area to recognize they are visiting a fragil ecology and help them understand the impact outsiders will have.
- To reach those who are mos interested in learning about and possibly traveling to the region: museum-goers, academics, anthropologists, etc.
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