community of Tumani Tenda village in Kombo East district recently benefited
from a five-day awareness creation training on Eco-tourism community-based
management best practices.
The five-day forum was funded by the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), under the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations.
The training seminar was meant to sensitise community members to better manage their lodge camp for more attraction of investors or tourists.
Speaking at the training, one of the resource persons, Seedy Lamin Bah, a part-time lecturer at the UTG, who doubles as a consultant, disclosed that he had worked for 12 years as a tour guide and then decided to venture into education, by attending college and university.
Bah said he is lecturing tourism and hospitality management at the UTG, describing the training as relevant in community-based management.
According to him, he exposed the community to the overall concepts of Eco-tourism, community-based management, as well as how to help them manage and develop Eco-tourism camp.
For his part, Kebba Sanyang, a native of Tumani Tenda, who manages Eco-tourism camp, dilated on the importance of organizing the training programme for the community.
While describing the training as very vital and timely, he said, it was done in partnership with the Department of Forestry and Forestry Platform of The Gambia.
Mr Sanyang said the objective of the training was to involve the community to learn more about Eco-tourism management.
He then thanked FAO through Forest and Farm Facility for supporting the training, geared towards creating awareness to better help the community manage their camp.
He also commended the community for their participation.