PEMBERDAYAAN EKONOMI MASYARAKAT SEKITAR KAWASAN LOKAWISATACIPENDOK KABUPATEN BANYUMAS
Cipendok water fall is one of natural tourism destination in Banyumas District. As an icon of Banyumas tourism destination, the development of Cipendok water fall has potency to increase economic benefit to local communities. Related to the tourism development program that based on ecological conservation, and effort to give economic contribution to local community at the surrounding area, this research made an attempt to describe how the tourism object would generate benefit to the local community. This research finds out that local community has judged that the existence of Lokawisata Cipendok water fall development project has not been giving direct impact to their economic benefit. The community has received indirect impact such as street maintenance and other transportation infrastructure equipment. Related to strategies to develop local economic community at Cipendok area, any policies needed to be applied are; 1) synchronizing interests of local government and PT Perhutani to optimize the utilization of natural forest to local community in ecological conservation scheme; 2)leading to active collaboration among local government and PT Perhutani that involve university and private sector to establish any strategies, implement it that support to create creative industrial products and increase farming value added at local community; and 3) develop regulation that focus on environmental support capability to control any negative impacts of tourism development, included protect to local heritage.
Keywords: Cipendok water fall, local communities, ecological conservation, local heritage
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