The district's new tourist attraction will be an island village when the residents receive the attention of a homestay and a turtle egg hatchery center initiated by an environmental and tourism entrepreneur.
The Walai Penyu Turtle Conservation Park at Kampung Puliau Libaran is run by Alexander Yee for the past seven years. Once local inhabitants can use their land to provide homes and hatching, his efforts will bear fruit.
He said that his efforts, assisted by the wildlife department, resulted in conservation, not only for profit but also for conservation, when he rented the villagers ' land.
"Now we want the villagers to work and to create their economies, while the hatchery for the turtle egg is attractive as well and conservation work is done simultaneously," he said.
Yee, also president of the Friends of Sea Turtles Education Research or Foster, spoke to the villagers on the island during a talk.
The talk included among other things the process to build a household and a turtle hatchery and the launching, on Libaran Island, of the Cleanest House Project.
Yee was also able to share Walai Penyu's success story which recently won the Sabah Tourism Awards 2019's Best Tourism Product Award.
You hoped to encourage the villagers to establish a tourism product jointly in Sandakan.
The village has 74 homes with 400 inhabitants, mainly fishing with some of whom have migrated to towns.
The villagers were also reminded of complying with the law against heavy punishment of turtle eggs.
Libaran Island is about 45 minutes from Sandakan by speedboat.
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