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  

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

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; }

WaSH Winter Camp 2019

18.01.2019

From 8-14 January 2019 beneficiary school students from the Kakheti and Kvemo Kartli regions undertook extensive winter camp about a number of issues that benefit their future work in WASH. The event took place at Bulachauri Green Centre. The training included the topics which would increase their capacity and knowledge to effectively operate in the water and sanitation field and enable them to swiftly carry out projects in a way that would meet the WASH standards that are lacking in their respective municipalities and give participants the skills to lobby their interests in their regions. More precisely, the training included the following topics:   WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) WASH and Human Rights Project Management The format of the training was interactive and correspond with the pilot projects are carried out.   Furthermore, participants had an opportunity to work together, get to know each other, and develop joint cross-cutting ideas in order to form the basis for future partnership and cooperation. Beside the academic part, the participants were actively involved in different educational and fun activities, which were focused on the improvement of teamwork and communication skills.   On 11th of January, 2019 the camp participants visited LTD. “Georgian Water and Power” (GWP), which is a leading company on the water supply market of Georgia and South Caucasus. The company provides high-quality service to the population of Tbilisi, as well as to state organizations, industrial and commercial objects. In the framework of the field trip, the camp participants were guided by the representatives of the company. Accordingly, the participants became aware of the technical operation of the company how to provide access to the clean drinking water of the population. At the end of the training, the participants were awarded with certificates to highlight their involvement in the camp, received USB flash drives that contained all the presentations and literature on every topic, multi-usable BPA free water bottles and branded hoodies designed specifically for them.   The camp was organized by CENN within the framework of the following projects: “Water for the Poor” and “Georgia Community WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Initiative”. The main objectives of the projects are to promote health care and suitable living conditions for socially vulnerable communities, prevent discrimination, provide access to water, and establish WASH standards by engaging respective stakeholders. The project, “Water for the Poor,” is implemented by CENN and financially supported by the EU. The project, “Georgia Community WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Initiative,” is implemented by CENN with support from the Global Water Challenge and The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF).   #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; }

CENN Announcement Regarding the Waste Separation Corners in Tbilisi

20.10.2018

With this release, we would like to address the video circulated throughout social media by one citizen on October 19, 2018. The video depicts one of the waste separation corners located next to M/S “State University” which is still under construction.   We would like to notify the public that CENN, the Waste Management Association (WMA), Tbilisi City Hall and Tbilservice Group Ltd. are cooperating together in order to open 13 new waste separation stands within the city of Tbilisi. This action will provide waste separation facilities for Tbilisi residents.   Furthermore, we would like to note that the aforementioned separation corners are not in operation yet, therefore, all stands are sealed at this point. Unfortunately, the stand located next to M/S “State University” was vandalized – the seal was removed, thus resulting in widespread public misunderstanding.   Please note that the new waste separation stands will officially be opened and ready to use in November 2018. Further information regarding the progress of this initiative will be communicated to the public and citizens will have a chance to dispose of their separated waste in the designated separation bins. Meanwhile, Tbilisi residents can use current operational waste separation corners situated in 10 different locations in Tbilisi. Separated waste is collected by a waste aggregating company and is delivered to recycling companies. Part of the waste which is not being recycled in Georgia is being exported. Each waste separation stand accommodates 4 types of waste separation bins for paper, PET plastic, glass and aluminium cans.   The recycling program in Georgia is being implemented by the USAID-supported CENN program, Waste Management Technologies in Regions (WMTR).

Opportunities to Purchase Recycled Paper or Recycled Paper Products

11.10.2018

If you care for the environment and desire to save natural resources, this news is for you. USAID/WMTR II program partner and social enterprise, Green Gift, offers to produce different types of recycled paper: wrapping paper, bookmarks, notebooks, envelopes, printing paper, etc. The enterprise also offers to assist organizations with paper bins in case they want to collect paper to recycle.   For more information contact: Green Gift: Phone: +995 599 977 119 Email: greengift.geo@gmail.com   USAID/WMTR II program: Phone: +995 32 275 40 63/64 Email: info@cenn.org   About the WMTR II program: CENN, with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is implementing the program, Waste Management Technology in Regions, Phase II (WMTR II), in three regions of Georgia – Kakheti, Adjara, Shida Kartli and the city of Tbilisi. The WMTR II program assists the Government of Georgia (GoG) in modernizing the country’s waste management sector and supporting 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.

Rural Women from Keda Municipality Joined the International Harvest Festival in Armenia

19.09.2018

With the EU support, 5 successful women from the Keda Local Action Group participated in the international events taking place in Yerevan. On September 14-15 Armenia’s capital hosted the conference “Women in Agriculture” and the “Harvest Festival of Rural Life and Traditions”. Up to 100 women from different countries attended events dedicated to the women empowerment in agriculture.   The EU ENPARD-supported Keda LEADER project was presented at the conference by CENN. A local entrepreneur from the Keda municipality Tamar Baladze shared her success story and future plans on raspberry production with the Armenian women. On the second day, different products from the mountainous Adjara, such as wine, honey, jams, nuts, cheese, and spices were exhibited and sold at the Harvest Festival. Besides official festival events, women had an opportunity to visit organic farm and Green Center operated by Green Lane NGO on the outskirts of Yerevan city.In addition, on the way back to Georgia, participants visited village of Khashtarak, where one of the ENPARD Armenia beneficiaries hosted Georgian women at her raspberry garden and shared her experience about joining the Rural Women Council (RWC) established under the joint efforts of CENN and Green Lane in the framework of the project “Strengthening and Engagement of Rural Women in Natural Resources Management in the South Caucasus Countries”.   The further plans of the Keda LEADER program in regard to women empowerment in Keda municipality include trainings, seminars, exchange visits, and other capacity-building activities in line with the Local Development Strategy of Keda.    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 the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims to diversify local economic activities, improve the investment climate, and empower competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning in 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. #gallery-3 { margin: auto; } #gallery-3 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-3 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-3 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; }

World Clean-Up Day

06.09.2018

Dear Friends,   We are delighted to inform you that on September 15th, the event, World Clean–Up Day, will be held. The Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, The Greens Movement of Georgia / Friends of the Earth, Georgian Society of Nature Explorers Orchis, and the programs “Raising Awareness in Ecology and Waste Management” and “Clean-up Georgia Phase III,” supported by the government of Sweden, Georgia’s National Platform member –international company Caucasus Youth Network with the campaign, Let’s Do It, and CENN’s Waste Management Technology in Regions Phase II (WMTR II) program, supported by USAID, are going to celebrate World Clean-Up Day together. We hope that Georgia’s national platform member organizations will also join us and encourage other governmental and non-governmental organizations to clean-up different territories.   On September 15th, millions of people from 150 countries will unite to take care of our one and only planet, our home. The clean-up events will commence in New Zealand and finish 36 hours later in Hawaii.   The idea behind World Clean-Up Day originated 10 years ago in Estonia, when 4% of the country’s population united to clean their surroundings of waste. This idea gave birth to the global community movement, Let’s Do It World, which unifies people with one goal: keep Earth clean.   Information about clean-up event times and places will be disseminated on different media platforms, such as WMTR II program’s social network and portal (http://environment.cenn.org/waste-management), and The Greens Movement of Georgia’s website (www.cleanup.ge, www.greens.ge). For organizations that wish to join this event, please contact us in advance.   Information about the programs:   The Greens Movement of Georgia The Greens Movement of Georgia / Friends of the Earth has been part of the UN environmental program’s (UNEP) initiated annual campaign, Clean Up the World, since 1992. In 2010, with support provided by the government of Sweden and the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, the project, “Let’s Clean up Georgia,” was initiated and is still ongoing. In the framework of this project, an NGO consortium comprised of the Greens Movement of Georgia, the Georgian Society of Nature Explorers Orchis and Ecovision, has been holding large-scale clean-up events in 63 municipalities throughout Georgia since 2015. Illegal landfills are accounted for and are being monitored with the help of Greens Movement regional coordinators, and systematic meetings are organized with local municipality leaders and the community in order to raise awareness about the environmental impact of waste. The consortium actively participated in the formation of the Waste Management Code and municipal waste management five-year plans. The direct result of the aforementioned activities is that communal service funding was increased in the budgets of municipalities.   Let’s Do it World Let’s Do it Georgia is a representative of the international organization, Let’s do it World in Georgia. The organization will participate in clean-up activities on September 15th. The project aims to include 5% of Georgia’s population (200,000 people) in the clean-up activities and thereby reduce littering in Georgia.   Currently, Let’s Do it Georgia is collaborating with 50 regional organizations, all of the municipalities, the parliament of Georgia, the president’s administration and hundreds of leaders from all regions of Georgia, who are ready to volunteer.   WMTR II program The Waste Management Technology in Regions phase II (WMTR II) program is implemented in three regions of Georgia: Kakheti, Shida Kartli, the Autonomous Republic of Adjara and the city of Tbilisi. The WMTR II program assists the Government of Georgia (GoG) in modernizing the country’s waste management sector and supporting sustainable development and inclusive economic growth, ensuring the responsible management of natural endowments that will minimize adverse impacts from waste on human health and natural resources.   The program is structured according to the following objectives: • Implementation of an Integrated Waste Management System • Private Sector-Led Recycling • Illegal Dumping Penalties and Tariff Policy • Public Outreach   Please join us on September 15th to help clean up our planet. One day. One planet. One goal For further information please contact:   WMTR II Salome Sulaberidze: salome.sulaberidze@cenn.org   The Greens Movement of Georgia Marika Pirosmanishvili: pirmariami@gmail.com Elene Berdenishvili: lenaberdzenishvili@gmail.com Nino Chkhobadze: nino.chkhobadze@gmail.com   Let’s Do it World letsdoitgeorgia@gmail.com

WASH Councils were Established in Kvemo Kartli

14.05.2018

From 1-4 May 2018, CENN conducted meetings in Kvemo Kartli Municipalities (Dmanisi, Tetritskaro, Marneuli and Tsalka), where WASH councils were established through the participatory approach. The councils include local residents as well as other stakeholders. The meeting participants discussed and deliberated existing WASH problems and possible solutions.   During the meetings, hosted by respective municipalities, WASH councils and other participants were introduced to the WASH Technical Assessment in Kvemo Kartli, which was developed by CENN. A decision was made for WASH councils to work towards solving WASH-related problems through implementing small infrastructural projects, raising public awareness and advocating/lobbying their interests.   The meetings were organized by CENN within the framework of the following projects: “Georgia Community WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Initiative” and “Water for the Poor.” Along with other activities, the projects plan to increase WASH Council capacities according to their needs. The main objectives of the projects are to promote health care and suitable living conditions for socially vulnerable communities, prevent discrimination, provide access to water, and establish WASH standards by engaging respective stakeholders.   The project, “Georgia Community WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Initiative,” is implemented by CENN with support from Global Water Challenge and The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF).   The project, “Water for the Poor,” is implemented by CENN and financially supported by the EU. Contact Information:   Vakho Kochoradze Project Manager | CENN vakho.kochoradze@cenn.org   Melano Tkabladze Project Manager | CENN melano.tkabladze@cenn.org   Tel.: +995 32 275 19 03 / 04 http://environment.cenn.org/wash/ #washgeorgia  

EU-supported workshop for the empowerment of women entrepreneurs was held in Keda

27.02.2018

On February 24-25, a group of women entrepreneurs from Keda municipality of Ajara, participated in the EU-supported workshop “Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs for Business Development”. The workshop, which took place under the EU’s ENPARD project “Optimising the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality (Keda LEADER)”, was carried out by the project implementing organisation CENN. It aimed at strengthening local women entrepreneurs in Keda municipality by giving them access to new opportunities and information throughout theoretical materials and discussion of practical cases. Amongst the participants were active women entrepreneurs, as well as those who plan to start business in future.   The training participant women entrepreneurs will take part in the “Women Entrepreneurs’ Forum” to be held on 8th March in Batumi. The forum will be organized by the Ajarian and Georgian Chambers of Commerce. It will allow the women to seek new business opportunities and meet with other successful businesswomen from different regions of Georgia. Up to twenty women from Keda will participate in the Forum.   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 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 population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.   #gallery-4 { margin: auto; } #gallery-4 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-4 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-4 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; }

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