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55609115_2136982183047626_5087543741711908864_n Niko Ketskhoveli School Award Winners Have Been Announced

27.03.2019

On March 21, the International Day of Forests, the final event of Niko Ketskhoveli School Award 2019 was held at the conference hall of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia. At the final stage of the school contest, the participating schools presented the changes that they had introduced either in big cities or small mountain villages in response to global challenges during the year. The jury, comprised of representatives of governmental, international and research organizations selected 3 winners out of 32 participating schools: I award – village Rokiti school (Imereti region) II award – St Akeksi Shushania Orthodox School-Gymnasium (Samegrelo region); III award – “Georgian School” (Tbilisi) Members of the teams of 3 winner schools will attend a 10-day “Green Camp”, which will be followed by a 5-day study program “Young Ranger” to be held on the protected areas of Georgia. National Forstry Agency of Georgia will organize a study tour to the Borjomi gorge for winner schools. The children will also take part in the reforestation of areas affected by fires. The best teacher as identified by the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia was also awarded. “Green Award 2019” was granted to Tea Talakhadze, teacher of the village Bazaleti school of Kharagauli municipality, by Levan Davitashvili, Minster. The choice of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture – Nana Ladaze, the leader of the village Rokiti school team will become a Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture for one day! 6 school were awarded by Giga Gabelaia, Head of Children and Youth National Center – the children of these schools will be given the opportunity to attend youth camps. The winner of Environmental Information and Education Centre’s choice award – the public school of the village Galavani of Mtsketa-Mtianeti region will be provided by the Center with a green library comprised of environmental books and other materials. Tamar Aladashvili, Director of Environmental Information and Education Centre nominated Mariam Tsikaradze, a student of the public school #4 of Telavi as “The Best Eco Speaker”.  She will be granted the opportunity to provide moderation for a public event to be organized at the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture. The Center will cooperate with the Best Eco Speaker and engage her into different activities of the Center. The school environmental contest – Niko Ketskhoveli School Award has been organized by CENN since 2015 with financial contribution from the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC). The partners include the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture, the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports and the Parliament of Georgia. The main topic of the 2019 contest was sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Around 500 schools participate each year. Finalist schools have been identified during semi-finals which were organized in regional centers with the participation of the most successful 150 schools.   Additional photos of the event can be found here.   #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 25%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; }
SEBO6662 “EMBRACE Tsalka” - EU and CENN Launch New Rural Development Project in Tsalka Municipality

20.03.2019

On 19 March 2019, the European Union (EU), together with its partner organization CENN, officially launched a new rural development project in Tsalka Municipality. The “EMBRACE Tsalka” project aims to provide support to smallholders, entrepreneurs, women, youth and other local actors by improving access to knowledge and innovation, introducing best practices, creating public-private partnerships and business linkages, as well as generating new employment opportunities by utilizing the development potential of the area.   At the launching event in Tsalka, opening speeches were delivered by Vincent Rey, Head of Cooperation at the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, Khatia Tsilosani, Deputy Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Nana Janashia, CENN Executive Director and Ilia Sabadze, Mayor of Tsalka Municipality. The speakers highlighted the importance of rural development for the country’s sustainable economic growth and for improving the livelihood of local communities.   “For the European Union and for the Government of Georgia agriculture and rural development is a top priority in cooperation. I am delighted that today we are launching a new rural development project in Tsalka. This municipality has many challenges but also great potential. It is exciting to see what we can achieve here, whether it is in agriculture, bio-production, tourism or sustainable management of natural resources. We strongly believe that it is with local people’s energies, bringing in all groups and categories, that the area can develop. So, with the support of EU and together with the Government and our partners CENN, GFA and IFLS we look forward to actively working with you for the better future of Tsalka” – stated Vincent Rey of the EU Delegation to Georgia.   “Rural development is vital for Georgia’s economic growth, and it is one of the top priority areas for the government. We closely cooperate with our strategic partner, European Union that has been supporting the sector’s development for many years through its ENPARD programme. The EU-supported rural development projects have been successfully implemented in eight municipalities in Georgia. This year, under the third phase of ENPARD, similar projects will be launched in four new municipalities. Tsalka is among them. These projects aim to support municipal development through establishing effective local public-private partnerships. The local needs identified by the community members and supported by the EU will further be strengthened as a result of relevant state policies” – stated Khatia Tsilosani, Deputy Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia.   “Our goal with the EMBRACE Tsalka project is to reduce rural poverty and improve living conditions in the municipality, addressing economic, social, and environmental concerns by improving agricultural competitiveness, promoting sustainable management of natural resources, and building climate-resilient rural economies and communities. Alongside with our partners, we are proud to kick-off this project and introduce European bottom-up rural development approach called “LEADER” here in Tsalka Municipality” – stated in her speech Executive Director of CENN Nana Janashia.   Among the participants of the event were representatives of the local communities, local and central governments, and private sector. The EU partner organizations, implementing ENPARD rural development projects in other municipalities of Georgia, also took part and shared their experiences with the audience.   Tsalka is a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural municipality in the Kvemo Kartli region with 30 communities comprised of 43 villages and Tsalka town. Tsalka is a high mountainous municipality with a total area of 105,430 ha – covered mainly by meadows and plains. A major part of the territory is occupied by mountainous plains, and subalpine and alpine meadows. The primary economic activity in Tsalka municipality is agriculture. The unique natural resources and population diversity of the municipality creates a vibrant environment and makes Tsalka an inspiring place to work and travel.   The project “EMBRACE Tsalka” is implemented under the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) by EU’s partner organization CENN, in partnership with the Georgian Farmers’ Association (GFA) and German partner organization – Institute for Rural Development Research (IfLS). The total budget of the project is € 2.4 million. It follows the earlier EU-supported rural development actions under ENPARD in Borjomi, Lagodekhi, Kazbegi, Keda, Khulo, Dedoplistskaro, Tetritskaro and Akhalkalaki municipalities. This year, EU launches rural development projects in four new municipalities including Tsalka, Akhmeta, Tskaltubo, and Mestia.   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 population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.   #gallery-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 25%; } #gallery-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; }
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  
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