I heard some disturbing news today. CCBEN
, the Cambodian Community-Based Eco-tourism Network is in danger of extinction if something isn't done soon to save it. Established in 2002, CCBEN was always a network of local and international organizations, NGOs and private sector companies engaged in promoting and supporting communities who have something to offer the tourism industry. Remote communities in Virachey National Park, Chi Phat, Banteay Chhmar and Yeak Laom amongst many others have benefited from CCBEN"s support, advice and marketing skills in bringing visitors to their tourism locations but if CCBEN can't get enough funds after August it will cease to exist. In recent years CCBEN has spread its wings to engulf a wide range of activities, perhaps too wide according to some, rather than stick to the knitting of simply providing a network for everyone to speak to each other. A members meeting today offered up some suggestions but some tough decisions need to be made, and made soon, if CCBEN is to remain alive and a network that benefits both the communities and the public.