Open lessons on Climate Change and presentation of the competition “Me LEADER” at the schools in Keda Municipality

30.10.2017

On 23-27 October 2017, CENN delivered open lessons on Climate Change and presented the young leaders and innovators competition “Me LEADER” at the high schools in Keda Municipality. The initiative is taking place in the framework of the EU-supported project “Optimizing the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development” in Keda Municipality. The competition aims at discovering young leaders and innovators in the region and is open for the high school students from 8th to 12th classes, living in Keda municipality. The application process will be open from 1st of November to 29th of December. Interested candidates should submit an essay on the topic “Me Leader” and describe an innovative idea they want to implement in the community. Authors of the best ideas will be announced in February and will spend 10 days of the summer 2018 holidays in the Young Innovators Green Camp. Read more about the competition. The EU-funded project “Optimising the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality” is 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). The project aims at diversification of the local economic activities, improving investment climate, and empower 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 102 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.

WMTR II Announces a Christmas Competition - Our Christmas Tree

19.10.2017

Waste Management Technologies in Regions, Phase II (WMTR II) announces a Christmas competition, Our Christmas Tree, for school students, university students and any creative person.   Goal of the competition: • Involve public general in environmental activities; • Support launching of new initiatives and development of creative vision among youths. • Promote the concept of reusing things and organizing Christmas exhibition and sales for charity purposes   Who can participate: school students, university students and any person with a creative outlook who can revive old things with his/her own hands.   Description of the competition:   Those wishing to participate in the competition in October and November of the current year are to send photos of handiwork items on a Christmas theme prepared by them from recyclable products. The participants can use recyclable items to produce hand-made Christmas trees, Christmas toys, various decorations, souvenirs, etc. It is also possible to prepare a design for Christmas greeting cards on separation and recycling theme.   Fancy works made of the received materials will be posted on a Facebook page where 20 participants selected by jury and Facebook likes before the end of November will participate in preparation for the Christmas exhibition and sales organized by CENN.   In the end of November, selected participants will travel to CENN Green Camp in Bulachauri where they will prepare more Christmas souvenirs together with mentors.   Above-mentioned products will be presented at a charitable Christmas exhibition and sales. Innovative participants will be awarded interesting prizes. To send the materials and to receive detailed information, contact us on the addresses given below.   To get the updated information follow us on Facebook: WMTR Program.   Salome Sulaberidze CENN, Waste Management Technologies in Regions, Phase II (WMTR II) Team Leader for Communication and Outreach salome.sulaberidze@cenn.org www.cenn.org   Kakha Guchmanidze CENN, Waste Management Technologies in Regions, Phase II (WMTR II) Regional Coordinator in Adjara k.guchmanidze@gmail.com   Kakha Sukhitashvili CENN, Waste Management Technologies in Regions, Phase II (WMTR II) Regional Coordinator in Kakheti kakhiberius@gmail.com   Irma Kitriashvili CENN, Waste Management Technologies in Regions, Phase II (WMTR II) Regional Coordinator in Shida Kartli kitriashvili040@gmail.com

Contest for Journalists

02.10.2017

Celebrating the International Green Consumer Day, CENN provides you with a unique opportunity not only to become green consumer but also to make the society “greener” obtain interesting prizes and work on coverage of the greenest topics together with CENN.   Waste Management Technologies in Regions, Phase II (WMTR II) announces Words 4 Waste (W4W) contest for media.   Goal of the contest: coverage of processes, challenges and achievements in waste management sector in Georgia; public information on proper waste management including the importance of waste separation and recycling for environment, human health and economic development in the country.   Who is eligible to participate: representative of any media including radio, TV, electronic or printed media.   Contest theme: Practice, challenges, needs and results achieved in waste management sector in Georgia; assessment of the situation regarding meeting the requirements of Georgia-EU Association Agreement and national legislation; modern approaches to waste management (e.g. sorting, recycling, etc.) and the importance of their implementation in Georgia.   Contest conditions: journalists participating in the contest must prepare and publish a journalistic work (article, report or other publication) on a contest theme.   Selection criteria: special attention will be given to individual style of narration, journalistic creativity and accuracy of the provided material.   Duration: 28 September 2017 – 25 March 2018   CENN will provide an opportunity of remote cooperation to the contest winner.   Pease send your published materials (links) and contact information to the following e-mail addresses: Salome.Sulaberidze@cenn.org Mariam.terterashvili@cenn.org   For detailed information, please contact us on the above e-mail addresses or on our Facebook page: WMTR Program   Deadline for submission of materials: 20 March 2018

EU Launches New Rural Development Project in Keda Municipality

13.09.2017

14 September 2017, Keda, Adjara – The European Union continues supporting rural development in Georgia under ENPARD programme. On 14th of September, ENPARD partner organisation CENN will officially launch a new rural development project “Optimising the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality”.   The launching event will take place from 14:30 to 17:00 pm., at Keda Municipality Government building.   Welcome remarks will be delivered by CENN Executive Director, Nana Janashia and Governor in Keda Municipality, David Dumbadze. Presentation on the European model for rural development in Georgia will be delivered by the Project Manager of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, Alvaro Ortega Aparicio. In addition, ENPARD partners in rural development in pilot municipalities of Georgia will share their experience during the meeting.   The EU-supported 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 102 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 phase of ENPARD focuses on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.   Media Contact: • Nino Gaprindashvili, CENN Project Manager, +995 593 92 48 44, nino.gaprindashvili@cenn.org • Tamar Khuntsaria, Team Leader, ENPARD Communication Unit, +995 595 98 99 16, tamar.k@actionprgroup.com

Media Tour in Keda Municipality

31.08.2017

On 24 August 2017, CENN organized a media tour for representatives of different media organizations in Keda Municipality within the frame of the project – Optimising the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality.   The journalists were introduced with the key activities planned in the frame of the project, LEADER approach – a European model for rural development and issues related to natural resources of KEDA Municipality. The second half of the day was dedicated to the field visit in the village Merisi, where the journalists were introduced with the different problems because of unsustainable use of natural resources. During field trip, there was a discussion on tourism development potential of Merisi village, which has potential to reduce negative impact on environment and create alternative source of income for local population.   The project, Optimising the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality is financially supported by the European Union 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).   The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 102 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 phase of ENPARD focuses on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at www.enpard.ge   Media Contact:   • Tamar Khuntsaria, Team Leader, ENPARD Communication Unit, +995 595 989916, tamar.k@actionprgroup.com  • Nino Gaprindashvili, CENN Project Manager, +995 593 92 48 44, nino.gaprindashvili@cenn.org  

Information Meetings in Keda Municipality

25.08.2017

On 14-23 August 2017, CENN, together with local partner organization in Adjara region – Institute of Democracy, conducted information meetings in Keda municipality within the frame of the European Union’s ENPARD project Optimising the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality.   The meetings were conducted with Local Authority and Culture House representatives, active women, Mtirala National Park Administration and AMAGs’ members.   The aim of the information meetings was to introduce the project – Optimising the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality and LEADER approach – a European model for rural development. During the meetings, the application forms for membership of Keda Local Action Group (LAG) have been disseminated.   The project Optimising the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality is financially supported by the European Union and is being 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 EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 102 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 phase of ENPARD focuses on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge   Media Contact: • Tamar Khuntsaria, Team Leader, ENPARD Communication Unit, +995 595 989916, tamar.k@actionprgroup.com • Nino Gaprindashvili, CENN Project Manager, +995 593 92 48 44, nino.gaprindashvili@cenn.org                  

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).                        

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

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.

Tkibuli to Have a Modern Eco Hub

14.06.2017

CENN has embarked on a new nationwide initiative on opening Eco hubs for the young in schools and libraries, planning to open up to ten Eco Hubs in Georgia. After Bolnisi, Telavi and Batumi, Tkibuli will get a new eco hub, which is set to open in students’ youth center. The Eco hub is to start functioning through the joint forces of CENN and Tkibuli’s “Saknakhshiri”.   “Saknakhshiri” administration expressed their willingness and goodwill to part take in the establishment of the Eco hub and its development. Therefore, a decision was made that “Saknakhshiri” would carry out all repairs for the building, whereas CENN is to supply the hub with modern technologies and environmental literature.   The Eco hubs will also be constructed in three schools winning the “Niko Ketskhoveli 2017” competition, as well as in those, actively involved. Youth Eco hubs in Georgian regions will support raising the students’ environmental awareness, increase their involvement in various ecological problems and implement rural development principles.   The Eco hub is going to be made up of high school students and teachers, who are to become CENN’s electronic mailing subscribers and shall receive up to date environmental news. Tkibuli Eco Hub is planned to open in September 2017.   The initiative is implemented within Sustainable Forest Management in Georgia, a project funded by Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC).

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