d Ecomigrant Women Cheese Factory Opening in Disveli


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.          
photo_58de22ad49fb0 Empowering Modern Research Practices of Regional Agriculture-Related Institutions - Project close-out Workshop


28-29 March 2017, with support of the European Neighborhood Program for Agricultural and Rural Development (ENPARD), in the framework of EU-funded project “Empowering Modern Research Practices of Regional Agriculture-Related Institutions” a close-out workshop took place in Kakheti, at Lopota Lake Resort.   The aim of the workshop was to share experience and strengthen the cross regional network of project beneficiary universities and evaluate the project implementation.   Presentations delivered on the project implementation, research analysis, followed by a group discussion regarding future development of the agriculture faculties of the regional agriculture-related research institutions.   Academic staff and students of Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, Samtskhe-Javakheti State University and Telavi Iakob Gogebashvili State University participated in the event. The workshop started on 28 March 2017, at 10:00 am at the Lopota Lake Resort and finished on 29 March 2017, at 14:00 pm with the visit to Telavi Iakob Gogebashvili State University demo plot.   The project “Empowering Modern Research Practices of the Regional Agriculture-Related Institutions” is supported by the European Union through ENPARD programme. The project is being implemented by the Georgian Rural Development Department of the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs in partnership with the Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN) and PMC Research Centre.
Mining Conference – Environmental and Socio-economic Implications of the Mining Sector and Prospects of Responsible Mining in South Caucasus


CENN has been implementing a regional project: Promoting Environmental and Social Accountability in the Mining Sector in the Caucasus, aiming to reduce poverty, enhance environmental education and awareness, enhance environmental and social security related to mining activities and foster sustainable rural development.     The conference — Environmental and Socio-economic Implications of the Mining Sector and Prospects of Responsible Mining in South Caucasus. The conference will be held in Courtyard Marriot hotel (4, Freedom Square, Tbilisi) on March 29, 2017, at 10:00.   The purpose of the conference is to introduce stakeholders’ environmental, social and economic impact of mining in the South Caucasus and the prospects of its responsible operations.   The conference will present the activities implemented within the 3-year regional project and their results in the South Caucasus. The meeting will be attended by our partners from Armenia and Azerbaijan.  

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