- Began in 1986 and from the start aimed to involve the local communities.
- Tourism was seen as an important part of the economy but needed regulating. Local people are trained in guiding trekkers and in managing the lodges where they stay.
- Fees from tourists used improve local facilities such as schools.
- As education improves more local people work in biological conservation programmes within the ACAP as well as acting as guides to the trekkers.
- Micro hydro schemes are in place to supply electricity.
- Extensive reafforestation programme