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Rizal forest plan finalist in UN tourism awards
The conservation project was named one of the three finalists in the award category for enterprises, which is presented to those that operate projects or offer products or services that are innovative in the tourism field.
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Rizal forest plan finalist in UN tourism awards

Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) - December 23, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Masungi Georeserve forest conservation project in Baras, Rizal was named a finalist in the annual tourism awards of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The conservation project was named one of the three finalists in the award category for enterprises, which is presented to those that operate projects or offer products or services that are innovative in the tourism field.

Operated by the Masungi Georeserve Foundation, the conservation project aims to rehabilitate the rainforest in Baras, Rizal that was previously subjected to deforestation and land-grabbing activities.

It has since developed into a popular travel destination, allowing visitors to explore the rainforest and various rock formations in the area.

The foundation adopted a limited development and geotourism model to sustain its conservation activities.

UNWTO said this innovation could be demonstrated through environmentally friendly applications, social corporate responsibility engagement and other innovative contributions.

The agency said the awards recognize the contribution of distinguished scholars and institutions to competitive and sustainable tourism development at the local, national and international level.

Other categories include awards in public policy and governance and for non-government organizations.

Other finalists in the enterprise category were the Community Impact project by V Resorts in India and the Fighting Food Waste at Sea program in Italy.

The UNWTO winners will be announced next month.

FOREST CONSERVATION PROJECT MASUNGI GEORESERVE WORLD TOURISM ORGANIZATION
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