Requirements for ecotourism investors
To promote responsible tourism in forest reserves, ecotourism investors are expected to:
a) Have clear written policies and plans regarding environmental conservation and engagement of local communities.
b) Contribute significantly to environmental conservation including by supporting afforestation, research and environmental education.
c) Contribute significantly to improvement of the welfare of local communities by employing locals, purchasing local products & services, supporting community-based tourism enterprises (CBTEs), supporting community development projects, and facilitating community support through travelers’ philanthropy, volunteer programs and charities.
d) Manage all wastes effectively.
e) Provide adequate information to staff and visitors on the forest, forest biodiversity, the local cultures and customs.
f) Partner and collaborate with others to promote forest conservation and management.
Current investment opportunities in gazetted forests
KFS welcomes private sector investors to develop and operate ecotourism facilities in different forest reserves in the country. There is potential for the private sector to invest in different facilities including ecolodges, tree houses, guest houses, restaurants, campsites and canopy walkways. These should give visitors an opportunity to enjoy the diverse attractions and activities available in forest reserves including the flora, fauna, lakes, craters, waterfalls, caves and hills.
There are currently no ecotourism investment opportunities available.