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img Recycling Opportunities to Increase in Tbilisi

19.07.2017

On 17 July 2017, CENN, with the support of USAID/Georgia and in close cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, opened the second recycling corner in Tbilisi, located at the Ministry. The first recycling corner has been functioning in Didi Digomi branch of Goodwill supermarket in Tbilisi since 4 August 2016. Acting Deputy Mission Director Michael Rossman, Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia Solomon Pavliashvili, and CENN Executive Director Nana Janashia opened the second public recycling centre in Tbilisi. Such recycling corners help the country implement modern principles of waste management that include saving resources and getting economic effect by separating and subsequent recycling of waste. Separation corners offer an opportunity to local residents to take their sorted waste: glass, aluminum, plastic, paper and dispose it into the proper bin. Clean World Ltd. provides the transportation and the delivery of the sorted waste to recycling companies. The Recycling Center has been supported by USAID’s Waste Management Technologies in Regions, Phase II (WMTR II) project.   The WMTR II program assists the Government of Georgia (GoG) in modernization of the country’s waste management sector and supports 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 program is implemented in Kakheti and Shida Kartli Regions,Adjara Autonomous Republic and the city of Tbilisi in the following focus areas:   • Implementation of an Integrated Waste Management System • Private Sector-Led Recycling • Illegal Dumping Penalties and Tariff Policy • Public Outreach   WMTR II is implemented by CENN, with the support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID).                        
1 Optimising the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality

15.06.2017

On 1 May 2017, CENN, with EU’s support, started a project Optimising the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality.   The overall objective of the project is to reduce poverty through optimal use of local resource and potential as well as promoting rural development.   The project will foster the diversification of local economic activities, climate smart and competitive agriculture, popularization of resource efficient environmental practices and attract investments for the Municipality.   The project applies LEADER methodology – a European model for rural development, which implies the inclusion of local actors as implementers rather than beneficiaries.   The following three activities will be implemented within the project:   Establishment and capacity building of the Keda Local Action Group (LAG); Participatory Development of Gender and Youth Sensitive Keda Rural Development Strategy; Implementation of innovative projects through sub-grants under the strategy;   The project Optimising the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality is financially is supported by the European Union through ENPARD programme and is being implemented by Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (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).   For additional information, please contact:   Nino Gaprindashvili CENN Tel: +99532 275 19 03/04 Fax: +99532 275 19 05 Mobile: +995 593 92 48 44 nino.gaprindashvili@cenn.org   More information about ENPARD can be viewed at www.enpard.ge
DSC_0057 The First Stakeholders’ Consultative Group Meeting within WMTR II

15.06.2017

USAID and CENN has launched phase II of Waste Management Technologies in Regions Program (WMTR II). The first Stakeholders’ Consultative Group Meeting within the program took place in Tiflis Palace Hotel on 9 June 2017.   Along with presentation of the outline of Phase II of the program at the meeting, the activities conducted and the results achieved during Phase I of the program were summarized.   It was mentioned that all four focus areas of WMTR II that reflect the complex approach the program has towards waste management sector, specifically, the following key components of the program:   Implementation of an Integrated Waste Management SystemPrivate Sector-Led Recycling Illegal Dumping Penalties and Tariff Policy Public Outreach   It is critically important for the country to make sure that modernization of waste management sector takes place in order to provide sustainable development and inclusive economic growth using principles of responsible natural resources management, which will facilitate mitigation of adverse impact of waste on human health and environment.   The meeting took place in an interactive regime with the most in-depth discussion held on waste management tariff policy, fee collection tools and establishment of the entire system of household waste management – separate collection, recycling, disposal – that will be significantly supported by implementation of the policy conducted by the Waste Management Company of Georgia related to introduction of a gate fee at the landfills.   Capacity building of municipalities and self-governing bodies, which is one of the largest components of the program, is still an urgent issue. The program continues to support them in the development of municipal waste management plans by means of trainings and consultations in the new target region – Shida Kartli and implementation of the above-mentioned plans in the old regions – Kakheti and Adjara AR.   The Stakeholders’ Consultative Group on the one hand welcomed the extension of the program in Shida Kartli Region and Tbilisi and, on the other hand, expressed regret that the program does not include all other regions where the above work is also important.   The program will conduct the Stakeholders’ Consultative Group Meeting on a semi-annual basis, with representatives from all governmental agencies, NGOs and private sector as well as international organizations actively working in the waste management sector development in Georgia involved in the meeting.   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.

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