Short description of the action and its main objectives
The project aimed to develop a series of programmes to support environmentally conscious business policies across Turkey. Antalya was a leading beneficiary of the project.
The main activities were:
- Organizing awareness raising campaigns,
- Preparing labour force analysis in the tourism sector,
- Developing and delivering training programmes,
- Establishment of networking among training providers and increasing training capacities,
- Increasing the Awareness of Green Star Certification and Establishment of Centres of Best Practice (CoBP),
- Development of an on-line Database System.
Expected results / Results achieved
The project has provided the tourism sector with 630 ‘green-collar’ workers. In addition, 4674 tourism sector employees benefited from trainings offered through the voucher system.
The achievements are:
- The number of Green Star (Environmentally Friendly Accommodations Facility Certification) certified businesses in the tourism industry increased from 121 in 2014 to 363 after project completion,
- 15 tourism establishments received the “Centre of Best Practices” award,
- the “Green Women Leaders” programme, including 20 different training topics on environmental management, has empowered women employers in the tourism sector,
- Businesses under the programme reduced their energy and water consumption by 30 percent,
- Green rooms were set up inside the hotels. They were fitted with natural ventilation and drying systems,
- Employees were given training on the use of insecticides and chemicals,
- The establishments planted trees and engaged in organic farming,
- The establishments were briefed on native plants and endangered animal species, with ‘green workshops’ to educate individuals about how to conserve them,
- By the end of the project 15 tourism enterprises have strengthened their cooperation with environmental NGOs, NGO membership among employees has risen.
- 5,481 trainees participated and 181,824 hours of training in total have been performed. Indicator was 1000 employees and 500 employers and 180,000 hours of training,
- Trainings of trainers were delivered in 11 provinces: 338 trainees participated,
- 15 enterprises were selected as CoBPs with training/consultancy provided,
- Over 600 employees/employers were trained on environmental friendly hotel management,
- Online database system was developed as training management tool and sustainable monitoring system incorporating outcomes of LFA to support tourism planning, research and management