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About the company

Type
Non-profit project

Members type
innovator

Headquarters
1284 Chancy, Switzerland

Company size
10

Founders

Founded
2014

SDG's

  • Sustainable cities and communities

  • Responsible consumption and production


Social

Website
www.gjasd.org

Alliance member

Green Jobs and Sustainable Development International Centre (GJASD International)


Green jobs for saving the Planet

GJASD International’s mission is to enhance general awareness of the consequences of climate change and the importance of shifting toward a green and sustainable economy; promote greening enterprises and green sectors as the areas of significant opportunities for investment, growth and jobs; advance the mechanisms for measuring green growth and green labour market performance; assist countries in harnessing their green tourism potential - thereby  achieving greater coherence between economic, social and environmental dimensions as aspired to in Agenda 2030.

Offer

Sustainable grassroots tourism through green jobs

Description

Improving life quality of local populations at communal level – a solution to protect natural environment and local bio-diversity

Sustainable tourism takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of host communities, visitors, the environment and the industry” . It should generate local prosperity, decent work, promote environmental awareness, conserve and protect the environment, respect wildlife, flora, biodiversity, ecosystems and cultural diversity, and improve the welfare and livelihoods of local communities, including those of women, by supporting their local economies and the human and natural environment as a whole.

Achieving sustainability at the communal level through sustainable tourism

 

The projects developed by GJASD International take into account the following environmental aspects of tourism-related industries:

 

  • The heritage tourism industry while protecting natural and cultural assets (visits and protection of historical sights and places).
  • Seafood and aquaculture industries while protecting water quality (tourism catering services).
  • New industries, including an eco-industrial park, while protecting sense of place, quality of life, and the groundwater (green-tourism).
  • The agriculture industry while protecting productive land, including sensitive habitats – sustainable pastures and sustainable plantations (visits of plantations and rural tourism).
  • Arts, crafts, and local product industries while preserving culturally diverse authentic communities (ethno-tourism).
  • Research, training and skills development facilities while protecting natural and cultural systems.

 

Improving life quality of local populations at communal level – a solution to protect natural environment and local bio-diversity

 

It should be noted that in many cases the rural population in all three countries live in self-built houses lacking basic facilities, tools, access to financial resources and sustainable infrastructure.

 

In order to improve the quality of life of local people, the GJASD International’s projects envisage providing them with assistance in reconstruction of their habitat in order to make these areas attractive for eco-tourism and agro-tourism. This includes:

 

  • Improving the thermal insulation of family homes, installation of heating systems with renewable energies, solar windows and panels, bioenergy (eco-efficient cooking stoves) and etc.
  • Installation of equipment for energy efficiency and production of renewable energies such as solar cells (solar kits), solar fuels or fuel cells.
  • Promotion of closing the loop eco-principle solutions such as agro-food biomass and waste reduction, etc.

 

The above efforts will make it possible to develop sustainable tourism facilities, routes and individual itineraries.

 

All persons who will be engaged in the above activities will be enabled and working in green jobs.

Another key area of work is an access to education of the local population and other people living on a specified territory. Thus, tourism can be a vehicle to enhance children, women, disabled persons (fit to work) and youth awareness about the natural environment within which they live. Initiatives aimed at preserving the environment could become a vector and a catalyst to engage vulnerable and disadvantaged groups of population (children, youth, and communities) in issues such as climate change and practicing sustainable living. In a similar way education on heritage and understanding the cultural components of tourism can be used as a stimulus for their upskilling in and engagement of their cultural heritage and provide opportunities for its preservation, promotion and protection.

Categories of application
Sustainable cities and communities, Responsible consumption and production

Sector of application
Communities infrastructures, Agriculture and farming for food production

Status
Implemented