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.
Economic and Professional Development Objectives:
EHD1: Scale up the agro-forestry program (Letap Hiq)
EHD2: Develop economic opportunities through ecotourism and research programs EHD3: Establish common eco-tourism and research protocols
EHD4: Develop the Wehea Conservation Center (WCC) complex
EHD5: Implement management training programs at the WCC