Training within the project Supporting and empowering women in Environment and Entrepreneurship

Within the project Supporting and empowering women in Environment and Entrepreneurship, “Green Council“ in cooperation with REDAH, conducted a tailored-made training on march 12th, 2020 in Buna, at Visitor center premises. The training focused on following topics: Climate change, environment protection, circular economy, health, wellbeing, nutrition, organic food production, entrepreneurship, business planning, addition values, value chains, networking and branding.

Dr Sanela Klaric from Green Council has presentation on Circular economy. Dr Klaric tackled issues of sustainable economy and agriculture as well as rural development in line with environment protection and improvement of quality of life. Possibilities for using natural materials in the development of entrepreneurship and agriculture in line with green building. She also emphasized the importance of recycling and abandoning of toxic material and energy in line with new Development strategy „EU Green deal 2050“.

Amela Ivkovic from Green Council started Health and economy presentation by asking the question on how expensive is health underlining the importance of investments in health and social empowerment by women entrepreneurs engaged into healthy food production and creating of healthy habits. Traditional cooking and food processing in disease prevention and improvement of health were also covered by the presentation.  Women participating at training shared positive experiences related to the food production and consumption of healthy, organic food. They have also addressed the issues of insecurity of this type of producers as well as placement of healthy food along with lack of awareness related to fulfillment of all necessary conditions for healthy food production.

The training was attended by a significant number of women entrepreneurs from Herzegovina who shared their experiences of starting and running a small business. They also addressed a number of issues they face on a daily basis and emphasized the importance of motivating young, enterprising women to become involved in both the project and entrepreneurship. The training was also attended by women’s associations as well as young women, future entrepreneurs who had the opportunity to learn more about the possibilities of starting their own businesses and the opportunity to network and receive support for their future activities. The project team recognized the potential of new, young entrepreneurs as well as the opportunity for them to participate more actively in the project. This training served as an introduction to the project’s follow-up activities and provided an opportunity to connect women entrepreneurs throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project team has recognized women who are already in entrepreneurship and who have certain needs to improve their existing businesses as well as active associations of women and future trainers and mentors.