Supporting the revitalising of local economies

PUG eco-rated lodges are encouraged to employ and purchase locally and develop business partnerships with surrounding villagers to help strengthen the local economy and make wildlife worth more alive than dead. They draw a significant proportion of their employees from the local community (50%-100%) – often providing skills training and mentoring. Stimulating local community enterprise linked to tourism and providing a market for locally produced goods and services is another dimension. We also encourage the purchase of local and fair-trade goods and services.

Tourism and Conservation?
Village kitchen serving traditional cuisine at Forsyth Lodge, Satpura, a community enterprise
Photo credit: Vaibhav Mehta
Tourism and Conservation?
Charcoal briquettes made from lantana, an invasive weed, a local enterprise training initiative by the Singinawa Foundation and Kanha Lodge Association
 
Tourism and Conservation?
Social enterprise, Hathi, run by Flame of the Forest Safari Lodge, Kanha providing stitching training to village women for sale in their shop and online
Tourism and Conservation?
In house weaving team at Diphlu River Lodge, Kaziranga, making goods for sale in their shop
 
Tourism and Conservation?
Camp Hornbill Corbett - set up by community entrepreneurs - 100% owned and run by locals
Tourism and Conservation?
Beekeeping programme for local farmers run by Reni Pani Jungle Lodge, Satpura
 

Please note:

The examples given are only some of many good examples across PUG eco-rated lodges. Not all aspects illustrated will be covered by every lodge. Please check examples such as arts activities and educational programmes are still current before you visit.