Development

Professional Development: The future of Wehea Forest, and the long-term success of this project, depend on building human resources to sustainably manage Wehea Forest. Research shows that local forest management alone does not guarantee successful conservation outcomes, but that long-term success relies on building local capacity. To that end, ICON has ongoing computer, budgeting and management training courses. In addition, ICON recently constructed the Wehea Conservation Center, which is quickly becoming the hub of conservation activities in the region. 

Economic Development - ICON is working with the Wehea Dayak to foster economic opportunities arising from the protection of Wehea Forest, including the development of an agroforestry cooperative and eco-tourism and research programs. Together, these programs will not only provide jobs, they will also generate revenue to buy better food and medicine for rangers, purchase necessary equipment for work in the forest, provide university scholarships, and ensure this conservation program is not dependent on outside funding sources. 

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