Gir Learning Centre has organised a series of training programmes for ecotourism guides which was sponsored by Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd. Gandhinagar. The major objectives of the training programmes were to build capacity of the youths for providing region specific ecotourism services; to enhance livelihood of local communities living in and around sanctuaries and national or existing or potential ecotourism sites. The training programme also aimed at convergence of and coordination between various sectors in biodiversity conservation and rural livelihood improvement project.
In this training programme 214 rural youths are trained and certified as eco-guides for providing their services in their ecotourism sites. The training programme helped in sensitising the participants regarding different aspects of biodiversity, wildlife and nature conservation and issues and challenges in the conservation. The training programme has created a pool of trained and skilled ecotourism guides which will help in giving boost to ecotourism industry. The participants have learned and developed skills for hospitalities, conduct and communication. They have obtained necessary and basic knowledge of birds, nature, natural resources of their area and ecotourism sites of the areas they belong as well as Gujarat.