USAID USAID and CENN Launched Phase II of the WMTR Program


USAID and CENN has launched phase II of Waste Management Technologies in Regions Program (WMTR II). The Program will continue assisting the Government of Georgia (GoG) to modernize the country’s waste management sector and support sustainable development and inclusive economic growth, ensuring responsible management of natural endowments that will minimize adverse impacts from waste on human health and natural resources.   WMTR II will continue working in Kakheti and Adjara AR regions and will upscale its efforts to selected municipalities in Shida Kartli and the City of Tbilisi. The program will assist the GoG to implement the requirements of the Waste Management Code and the National Waste Management Strategy and Action Plan to ensure that modern waste management standards are introduced into the country in line with the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.   To this end, the program will mainstream innovative approaches, apply new technologies, and streamline strong partnerships, to achieve, sustain and extend set objectives and solve development challenges.   WMTR II is built on lessons learned and knowledge and experience accumulated over phase I of the program and focuses on the following main directions:   • Implementation of an Integrated Waste Management System • Private Sector-Led Recycling • Illegal Dumping Penalties and Tariff Policy • Public Outreach.   International City/County Management Association (ICMA) will be providing advisory support to the program.   For detailed information, please contact us:   Waste Management Technologies in Regions (WMTR II) 2, Orpiri St., Tbilisi, Georgia T.: +995 32 2 43 45 22/23.
1 Earth Day 2017


Every year, on April 22, we join the world to celebrate the Earth Day   This year we celebrated it in Vake Park with the US Embassy to Georgia. We had quite a fun despite the windy weather, we played mini basketball – for every plastic bottle hit to the bin we offered cupcakes in the colors of the Earth, we decorated Earth Day resolution tree – everyone had a possibility to write down their promise – for the environment I would… – on handmade cards and hang them on the tree, we talked about the importance of waste segregation and recycling, and most importantly we collected plastic bottles, and we would like to specially thank Clean World for taking the collected plastic bottles for recycling. Thank you all for joining us, for bringing even one plastic bottle and just for caring for the environment.   You can find fun GIFs of the event and yourselves here                          
d Ecomigrant Women Cheese Factory Opening in Disveli


On 12 April 2017, Ecomigrant women’s “Disveli” cooperative opening ceremony was carried out in the village of Disveli of Bolnisi Municipality. Representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia, Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia, Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO), Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), The Rural Economic Development Programme (RED) for the Southern Regions of Georgia and CENN attended the ceremony.     The cooperative is located in Bolnisi Municipality’s village of Disveli, Kvemo Kartli region. Disveli is a settlement comprised of ecomigrants from Zemo Adjara, who were displaced due to natural hazards. Small enterprise, which is in line with modern standards, will strengthen the socio-economic conditions of local women as well as support rural development.     Building the cheese cooperative in Disveli is the result of a partnership between CENN and Rural Economic Development Program (RED) for the Southern Regions of Georgia – a joint Danish-Swiss project that aims to contribute to the economic growth of the agriculture sector and reduction of poverty in Samtskhe-Javakheti and Kvemo Kartli regions.     CENN’s involvement in the establishment of the women cooperative and enterprise was possible in the framework of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) funded project, Empowered Rural Women for Sustainable Agriculture in the South Caucasus, which is implemented in a partnership with Hilfswerk Austria International and Green Lane Agricultural Assistance NGO in Armenia.          

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