Mukhuri Women’s Council, with the support of CENN, launches a local initiative to enhance women’s empowerment and promote sustainable income through sustainable forest use.
Within the framework of the “Sustainable Forest Management for Rural Development” project, per the initiative of the Mukhuri Women’s Council, a three-day training was held for the local population, especially women and girls, led by the Georgian Ecotourism Association.
From March 11-12, the main topic of the training was the development of hiking guides. Participants were informed about hiking as a type of tourism, a possible location for the hiking tour, and the use of route navigation tools. Also, the training discussed the risks of hiking, risk management and food safety.
On March 13, the training continued with the theme – Empowering Women and Increasing Income through Sustainable and Multifunctional Forest Use. The training focused on important areas of ecotourism, especially forest tourism, and the role and opportunities of women in the creation and development of ecotourism products.
The Mukhuri Women’s Council is planning a series of events supporting local women as part of the initiative. The events include trainings, certification courses, seminars and study tours on promoting green entrepreneurship, the importance of formal registration, improving digital skills, family hotel business, hotel administration and management.
The Women’s Councils were established under the “Sustainable Forest Management for Rural Development” project implemented by CENN, with financial support from the Austrian Development Cooperation. The purpose of the Women’s Councils is to support the social and economic empowerment of rural women by promoting sustainable, social entrepreneurship of non-timber forest resources and increasing their involvement in sustainable forest management and rural development decision-making processes.