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-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .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-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; }

CENN hosted the first steering committee and LAG networking meetings under the ENPARD supported Keda action

01.02.2018

On January 31- February 1, 2018, senior representatives of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Ministry of Agriculture of Ajara AR, Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, ENPARD implementing partners and Local Action Groups (LAGs) gathered at the first Steering Committee and LAG networking meeting organised by ENPARD partner – Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN). The event took place within EU-supported project “Optimising the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality” at Bulachauri Green Center. It aimed at introducing the progress within the project and exchanging information and recommendations among involved counterparts.   Opening remarks were delivered by Nana Janashia, Executive Director of CENN, Avtandil Meskhidze, Minister of Agriculture of Adjara AR and Alvaro Ortega Aparicio, Project Manager for Environment and Rural Development at the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia.   As noted by the CENN Executive Director Nana Janashia, “the establishment of LAG in Keda is a result of an extensive cooperation between local community, our partners and CENN itself. Next step is to continue this process and support local initiatives even more, via the bottom up LEADER approach”.   Alvaro Ortega Aparicio, Project Manager for Environment and Rural Development at the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia presented on the key components and goals of ENPARD programme in Georgia. He highlighted the importance of EU-supported rural development projects in the country, including the two recently launched municipal projects in Ajara. He noted that the most important goal for both ENPARD targeted regions in Ajara – Keda and Khulo – is to develop coherent local development strategies by mobilising and engaging local communities. Mr. Ortega also stressed the importance of environmental initiatives under the rural development action.   In addition, the presentations were delivered by Nino Gaprindashvili, CENN Project Manager and Giorgi Abuladze, Chair of Keda LAG, who spoke about the current state and future plans of the ENPARD project and LAG activities in Keda; Giorgi Nanobashvili, Economic Development Team Leader of UNDP who spoke on the project activities in Adjara AR and overviewed the planned actions within ENPARD III; and Javier Sanz Alvarez, Programme Officer for FAO-ENPARD projects in Georgia, who informed the participants about FAO’s planned activities and support measures to agriculture under ENPARD III.   In the framework of the two-day event, CENN also hosted LAG networking meeting at which it brought together representatives of 8 LAGs established with the support of ENPARD in different municipalities in Georgia. The networking platform was a good opportunity to tighten the linkages and partnership opportunities among participants, exchange feedbacks or suggestions for further development and share experience. The CENN team shared information on the organization’s ongoing environmental actions in different municipalities in Georgia and encouraged deeper partnership among rural development projects and LAGs in this regard.   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 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.

Eco-hubs for Sustainable Development Goals

17.01.2018

9 new Ecohubs were established in regions of Georgia by CENN to foster environmental education.   The initiative was implemented within Sustainable Forest Governance in Georgia funded by Austrian Development Cooperation.   Ecohub is a co-working space designed for planning and implementation of green ideas, environmental educational activities and discussion of environmental issues.   At the hub, young leaders can enjoy safe and comfortable environment, a variety of environmental literature and technical equipment.   The eco-hub is aimed at solving issues in the environmental sector and support human wellbeing and country’s sustainable development. All eco-hubs established by CENN are mapped on an interactive map where a description and a contact person is included for each.   For Ecohub leaders, the New Year started with strategic planning of their activities. Representatives of 13 eco-hubs assembled in Bulachauri Green Center on January 9-11 to develop 2018 action plans in accordance with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Current state and public environmental programs are integrated in the draft guidance documents.   A separate session was dedicated to state civic education program initiated by the Committee of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of the Parliament of Georgia along with eco-hubs.   The meeting was conducted in partnership with Waste Management Technology in Regions, Phase II (WMTR II) implemented by CENN with the financial support of USAID.

The Local Action Group (LAG) was officially established in Keda Municipality

05.01.2018

The Local Action Group (LAG) was officially established in Keda Municipality as a result of active information and mobilization campaigns conducted by CENN and Institute of Democracy.   On December 24, 2017 LAG Board Members have been elected. In total LAG unites 266 members, out of this 40% are women. The sectors are distributed as follows: Public Sector – 36%; Civic – 14%, Private – 50%. As for geographical coverage, LAG have the representatives from all (9) communities of Keda Municipality.   The election has been conducted through ballot voting principle. The LAG Board includes the representatives of AMAGs (The Union of Local Active Citizens) established in Adjara AR.   The election was preceded by the pre-election campaign aimed at presenting the programs developed by the LAG Board Member Candidates to the LAG members, also introducing the election procedures.   In January 2018 the LAG board will elect the chair.   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   #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; }

The LAG Members in Keda Municipality are getting ready for the Elections

15.12.2017

The LAG Members in Keda Municipality are getting ready for the elections of LAG Board Members.   On December 12, 2017 CENN together with its partner organization Institute of Democracy organized a meeting with LAG members. The aim of the meeting was to present the pre-election programs developed by the LAG Board Member Candidates to the LAG members, also to introduce the election procedures.   The 15 members of LAG Board will be elected by Local Action Group members through ballot voting principle. The election will take place on December 24, 2017 in Keda Municipality.   In total 266 applicants expressed their interest to become LAG member. Out of this 40% are women. The sectors among the applicants are distributed as follows: Public Sector – 36%; Civic – 14%, Private – 50%. As for geographical coverage, LAG have the representatives from all (9) communities of Keda Municipality.   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   #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; }

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

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