On 20 of August 2015, “Development of ecotourism and youth employment in Zaritap, Gomk and Martiros communities of Vayots Dzor province” project was started. The project was implemented by the “Young Biologists Association” NGO in cooperation with “Jermuk Development Center” NGO. The Ecotour Travel Agency is among supporters of the project by creating the official website www.zgm.ecotour.am for the “Zaritap-Gomk-Martiros” ecotourism trail. The bilingual website presents all required information for visitors.
The aim of the project was development of ecotourism in the region and generation of the additional income for young people of Gomk, Martiros and Zaritap villages of Vayots Dzor region. In frame of the projects capacity and practical skills of young people interested in ecotourism and related services have been enhanced. Also the tourism infrastructures have been developed.
On 11-13 and 18-20 of September, the capacity building trainings were organised for ecotourism guides in Gomk, Zaritap and Martiros communities in Armenia. During the trainings, it was presented biodiversity of Vayots Dzor province and advantages of ecotourism for local communities. In addition, the English language lessons were organized for participants. In the frame of the project, the “Zaritap-Gomk-Martiros” Ecotourism Trail was equipped by signs and 29 informational guide-boards.
On 2 of October, the final part of the project a demonstrative visit was organized to the “Zaritap-Gomk-Martiros” ecotourism trail. The attendees of the demonstrative visit were guides, representatives of tour agencies and environmentalists. Vice-president of the Young Biologists association NGO Dr. Sargis Aghayan presented the project after which the guests visited to the natural and cultural monuments of the ecotourism trail.
“Development of ecotourism and youth employment in Zaritap, Gomk and Martiros communities of Vayots Dzor province” project is implemented within the grant for NGOs provided by the Administration of the President of the Republic of Armenia. The project is also sponsored by The Rufford Foundation.