Successful Eco-Tourism and Agro-Tourism Workshop Held in Güdül, Ankara

An engaging and productive workshop held in Türkiye delved into the themes of eco-tourism and agro-tourism.

A nature scene from Güdül.
A nature scene from Güdül. Photo: Nevit Dilmen / Wikimedia Commons.

Güdül, a charming town nestled in the heart of Ankara-Turkey, recently hosted a noteworthy workshop focusing on eco-tourism and agro-tourism. The event, titled “Güdül Eco-Tourism and Agro-Tourism Workshop,” was organized in collaboration with Besler Healing Workshop, the Green Forest School, and Güdül Municipality.

The Tranquil City Güdül Healing Path Project is supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) in Turkey, and is coordinated by the Besler Wellness Atelier in Ankara.

Some key highlights from the event included:

  • Diverse Participation: The workshop brought together around 100 participants from 63 organizations, showcasing a diverse range of perspectives on eco-tourism and agro-tourism.
  • Sustainable Decision-Making: A total of 33 decisions were made during the workshop, comprising 19 long-term and 14 short-term goals. These decisions are expected to guide future initiatives in the region.
  • Knowledge Sharing: The workshop included nine presentations summarizing various aspects of eco-tourism, providing valuable insights and fostering knowledge exchange.
  • Community Engagement: A total of nine open discussions allowed participants to freely express their views, contributing to a collaborative approach to eco-tourism development.
  • Experts in the field emphasized that the workshop’s methodology, topics, and outcomes could serve as a model for similar initiatives throughout Turkey. The event successfully demonstrated how a collaborative effort can shape eco-tourism practices and contribute to the sustainable development of a region.

Concluding, the Güdül Eco-Tourism and Agro-Tourism Workshop marked a significant step toward promoting sustainable tourism and preserving the cultural and natural richness of the region. The decisions taken during the workshop are expected to lay the foundation for future projects aimed at enhancing eco-friendly practices and boosting local economies.

For more detailed information on the workshop and its outcomes, please visit Ankara- Besler Healing Workshop!

Have a look at the workshop recordings on Youtube!

Eco-Tourism and Agro-Tourism Workshop leaflet.
Eco-Tourism and Agro-Tourism Workshop leaflet.
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