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IMG_0425-s Second steering committee meeting under the EU-supported project “Keda LEADER”

14.02.2019

On 7 February 2019, representatives of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Ministry of Agriculture of Ajara AR and ENPARD implementing partners gathered at the second Steering Committee meeting organised by ENPARD partner CENN under the organization’s ongoing EU-supported project “Keda LEADER”. The event took place at the Bulachauri Green Center and it aimed at introducing the progress within the project and exchanging information and recommendations among involved counterparts.   Opening remarks were delivered by CENN Keda LEADER project manager Nino Gaprindashvili and Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Adjara A/R Jambul Khozrevanidze.   „The steering committee was created in the framework of the “Keda LEADER” project. Its members include public institutions, ENPARD partners and non-governmental organizations that work on issues of regional and rural development. The steering committee is an important tool for coordination between relevant stakeholders and the project team. The Steering committee is an annual event and this year, CENN hosted the second meeting under our EU supported project” – said Nino Gaprindashvili.   In addition, the presentations were delivered by Giorgi Abuladze, Chair of Keda LAG, who spoke about the current state and future plans of the ENPARD project and LAG activities in Keda Municipality. Number of possible joint initiatives aiming at strengthening partnerships between Georgian LAGs and their corresponding municipalities were announced. Amongst other respective guests were also Nodar Kereselidze, National Project Manager at UNDP Georgia who gave an overview of the planned actions within ENPARD III; and Javier Sanz Alvarez, Programme Officer for FAO-ENPARD projects in Georgia, who presented the points on FAO support to agriculture sector in Georgia under ENPARD III.   The EU-supported ENPARD project is implemented by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims at diversifying the local economic activities, improving the investment climate, and empowering competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning of rural development.   The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for the rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.   More information about the Keda Local Action Group (LAG) is available on the official website: www.kedalag.ge   Media Contacts: Nino Gaprindashvili, CENN Project Manager, +995 593 92 48 44, gaprindashvili@cenn.org. Tamar Khuntsaria, Team Leader, ENPARD Communication Unit, +995 595 98 99 16, k@actionprgroup.com  
IMG_8646-s CENN hosted a Workshop for EU-supported GALAG Environmental Group

14.02.2019

On 5-6 February 2019, ENPARD partner CENN conducted an intensive workshop for the representatives of the EU-supported GALAG (Georgian Association of Local Action Groups) Environmental Group at Bulachauri Green Centre. The aim of the workshop was to facilitate fruitful discussions concerning environmental challenges in the respective municipalities of the GALAG members, share modern approaches in sustainable development and assist the GALAG Environmental Group in putting acquired environmental knowledge into practice at the local level.   In the format of the workshop CENN experts covered some of the most pressing environmental topics such as: climate change and narrowing down the topic from a global to a local context; the necessity of forest management and climate-smart agriculture in sustainable rural development; challenges in the waste management sector in Georgia, its solutions and the role of local communities in mainstreaming modern waste management approaches; ensuring public access to clean water and information exchange concerning sanitation and hygiene for all; and the importance of strong and effective natural disaster risk reduction and management systems for building resilient communities. The second day of the workshop aimed at analysing the main environmental challenges and opportunities. As a result of the two-day intensive discussions, the GALAG vision on environmental topics was identified and the GALAG environmental strategy will be elaborated.   “I think, this meeting was very important for the GALAG Environmental Group. The group was formed in January, as the environmental topic is prioritized by all Georgian LAGs. As a result of the workshop, GALAG is now strengthened on the subject of environmental protection – this will give us possibilities to have more extensive advocacy and lobbing campaigns in the future’.- said the GALAG coordinator Tiko Chulukhidze.   “This format allows LAG representatives to discuss relevant environmental challenges they face on local levels, and come up with the ways of solving these challenges in a participatory manner. CENN team is thrilled to work with local action groups on environmental issues aiming at prioritizing the subject on different levels.” – stated the meeting facilitator and the CENN’s ENPARD team member Melano Tkabladze.   The EU-supported ENPARD project is implemented by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims at diversifying local economic activities, improving the investment climate, and empowering competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning of rural development.   The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural populations that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.   More information about the Keda Local Action Group (LAG) is available on the official website: www.kedalag.ge   Media Contacts: Nino Gaprindashvili, CENN Project Manager, +995 593 92 48 44, gaprindashvili@cenn.org Tamar Khuntsaria, Team Leader, ENPARD Communication Unit, +995 595 98 99 16, tamar.k@actionprgroup.com
51010720_2048274145251764_1474726005183610880_n CENN and National Geographic Georgia Host YourShot-Photosynthesis

23.01.2019

On Monday, 21st January, the closing event of the photo contest Your Shot Georgia -“Photosynthesis” with the motto, “Our Winged Friends” was held.   The winners of the Photosynthesis and YourShot Georgia joint competition have been announced.   I place – Nikoloz Meskhi – selected by the representatives of the National Geographic Head Office and National Geographic Georgia.   II place – Roman Tolordava – the choice of the US and Georgian art editors.   III place – Giorgi Nikolava – announced by the jury based on the choice of the public   The photo contest was organized by the National Geographic Magazine Georgia with the support of the CENN project “Promoting Sustainable Forest Management for Climate Resilient Rural Development in Georgia” via funds provided by the Austrian Development Cooperation. Partners of the competition were Georgian National Museum and Silknet.   National Geographic announced that 2018 will be the “Year of the Bird” and offered its readers stories about those fascinating creatures that are progressively becoming victims of numerous anthropological and environmental hazards.   In order to raise the public’s awareness about the environmental challenges birds face and the importance of bird conservation, National Geographic Magazine Georgia and CENN decided to organize the Your Shot Georgia “Photosynthesis” contest based on that topic. As one of the storytellers from National Geographic, Jonathan Franzen, says, “the birds are our last, best connection to a natural world that is otherwise receding.” At the closing event of the contest, the organizers of the photo competition awarded their favorite photos as well. CENN has selected the following photographers: 1. Dachi Shoshitashvili 2. Giorgi Ebanoidze 3. Levan Zazadze   Asmat Gogatishvili and Nika Paposhvili were awarded by National Geographic Georgia as the favorites of the editor and chief of the magazine.   #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 100%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; }
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