Developing sustainable livelihoods.
Working in the logging industry is unsustainable for the environment and is a dangerous job for both elephants and mahouts. It is however the only industry that hundreds of Sayaboury mahouts know, and their families were reliant on this much-needed income it provides. With the ban on logging declared by the Lao Government in 2018, we need to offer different means of income for these people through ecotourism, scientific study groups or through direct policing of the forest. This will make local communities place value on their natural resource while an income can be derived from sustainable management of the Forest.