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