The AEKN

Located within a National Biodiversity Conservation Area (Phoun Hin Phoun), the cave and its surroundings are entirely managed by the village communities Konglor and Natane. These communities have come together since 2014 to an association, officially recognized by the government, the first of its kind in Laos: The Ecotourism Association Konglor-Natane (AEKN).

The creation of the Association was supported by the “emergence and consolidation of a model of sustainable and local management of natural and tourist sites in Khammouane” – a three-year program implemented by the AEKN in partnership with the French NGO tetraktys from 2016 to 2019. This program is supported by the French Development Agency and several technical and financial partners.