The Eco lodge in the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge is a green building made out of recycled containers operating on solar power and treating the building’s sewage with its own environment friendly water system.
Urtsadzor, the village adjacent to the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge, has a huge problem with the emigration of young people seeking jobs abroad. FPWC implemented the B&B project in Urtsadzor in Y2014 with the aim to provide job opportunities for local villagers through responsible ecotourism and to improve nature conservation in Armenia.
Socially disadvantaged single mothers and women in vulnerable living conditions were especially encouraged and supported to become B&B hosts. By running a B&B they can be empowered to improve their social status, as well as their living conditions.
The hosts receive training courses for English language and hospitality to prepare for hosting foreign tourists. Their houses (bathrooms, bedrooms and partly halls) were renovated and equipped with solar energy panels to provide their homes with hot water.
Currently, there are three functional B&Bs in Urtsadzor, which enable the host families to gain additional income.