A team of women carpenters from Ciqam, a carpentry center run by women in Altit, Hunza, organized awareness workshops about ‘greenwood’ and its importance to the local economy of the region.
The team comprised of 5 women carpenters and surveyor trained in modern techniques of carpentry, with international exposure and understanding on ‘greenwood’ and its importance for the local economy.
Nine awareness workshops were conducted for LSOs and carpenters with the support of AKRSP regional and field offices staff in four districts (Astore, Ghizer, Gilgit and Hunza-Nagar) of Gilgit-Baltistan.
“The purpose of conducting sessions were to share vital information on ‘greenwood’ with the stakeholders particularly sawmill owners, carpenters and suppliers, and also to make people aware of its importance for local economy and environment,” according to the trainers.
The series of workshops was also geared to create awareness among the people of GB about the application and utilization of greenwood in a more efficient and effective manner and promote ‘greenwood’ as an alternative construction material in GB. It also aimed to make them aware of improvements made in carpentry; both in skills and technology, in order to enable carpenters have access to improved earnings. Participants were also trained in the health and safety issues to avoid physical inabilities.