The community-based sustainable tourism project is a part of the conservation and sustainable livelihood program to harness the tourism potential of Haa and Phobjikha. Besides providing opportunities for alternative livelihoods of rural communities, it also contributes to the tourism plan for decentralisation and management of tourism at the destination level.
Therefore, the Carrying Capacity Study in the two aforementioned areas is conducted mainly to mitigate the negative effects, whilst maximising the positive impacts. The study used a Limits of Acceptable Change Approach to identify the main areas of concern regarding tourism development in the project areas,
The report comprises of study on tourism attractions and assets, development opportunities and challenges in the project areas, the underpinning ecological and socioeconomic factors, and the policies in place.