On International Day of Forests, Niko Ketskhoveli 2017 Award Winning Schools and Photo Synthesis 2017 Winners were Selected

22.03.2017

On 21 March 2017, celebrating the International Day of Forests, the finals of Niko Ketskhoveli and Photo Synthesis 2017 were held in Fabrica.   23 countrywide selected schools were taking part in Niko Ketskhoveli environmental school competition. The schools had won competitions in their respective regions and remained the best throughout the whole competition.   The environmental competitions are organized by CENN in partnership with the ministries of Environment and Education of Georgia.   Within the initiative, teams were formed in each of the schools, who, with the help of local governmental and/or public organizations carried out numerous environmental activities.   As expected, the competition final was not without emotions, with the jury having a hard time selecting the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place holders. At the end of a tense and difficult day, the following schools were awarded as the 2017 Niko Ketskhoveli winners:   1st place: Gori N1 School   2nd place: Telavi N2 School   3rd place: Didadjara Public School   All three winners will assist in organizing CENN’s eco hub.   All schools were awarded with various prizes and a honorary green flag by the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Georgia, Gigla Agulashvili,  Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education of Georgia, Lia Gigauri, CENN’s executive director, Nana Janashia and GFW national coordinator, Catherine Nakashidze   Within the Niko Ketskhoveli competition, the Minister of Environment awarded three schools on best featured video. The ministry will organize camping and hiking events on Georgia’s various protected areas for the winning schools. The student of Tchiatura N2 School, Elene Gogoladze, received a special prize – she will serve as Minister of Environment for one day.   The competition participants received many other prizes from the partnering organizations, doubling their motivation to take part in the next year’s competitions.   The international forest day was enriched by beautiful photos themed – “My Forest”. The jury selected the following two winners:   David Bilokhidze Tamar Kopaleishvili The social network users chose Mamuka Tchkadua.   The winners received different vouchers equivalent to GEL 1000, enabling to acquire various gear for hiking and camping.   The initiative is carried out within the project framework of sustainable forest management in Georgia, with the financial support of Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC)  

Niko Ketskhoveli Competition Final

17.03.2017

Let’s celebrate the results achieved by our young leaders with “Green Mind”!   On 21 March 2017, International day of Forests, students from all regions of Georgia will present their “green year” results within the school competition to competent Jury.   Three lucky school teams will be awarded with Niko Ketskhoveli Prize! Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia has planned to give very special surprises to the elected winners, as well as the other partner organizations.   At the event, forestry themed beautiful photos submitted within the frameworks of “Photo Synthesis 2017” contests will be exhibited.  The winners of the photo contest will be awarded as well!   For additional information, please contact:   Nino Bregadze +995 599 50 27 17  

Eco Hub Opened for Kazreti Children

15.03.2017

On 15 March 2017, with CENN’s initiative and the help from the local governance, an Eco hub started functioning in Bolnisi Municipality’s town of Kazreti.   The eco hub will support the town’s N2 Public School children as well as other kids to improve their knowledge on environmental issues and get involved in solving environmental problems and facilitating sustainable development principles in rural areas.   The hub is equipped with all necessary inventory and environmental library. In addition, the hub is to help establish an Eco club including teachers and high school students. The student will become CENN newsletter subscribers and are to receive up to date environmental news going on in the international, regional and local levels.   The eco hub is the 2nd center opened by CENN within the project framework of Promoting Environmental and Social Accountability in the Mining Sector in the Caucasus. The project is being implemented with the financial support of the German fund, Bread for the World  

Conference on Prospects of Developing Adjara’s Coastal Zone in the Context of Climate Change

07.03.2017

On 2 March 2017, CENN together with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Parliament of Georgia, National Environmental Agency, Adjara A/R Government in Batumi held a conference on Prospects of Developing Adjara’s Coastal Zone in the context of Climate Change.     The following key issues were discussed at the conference: intensified coastal erosion and retreat of the shoreline in Adjara under average long-term sea level rise due to global warming; evaluating the vulnerability of facilities and infrastructure serving various purposes located within coastal areas; and the evolution of coastal morphodynamics for upcoming decades. Presentations on climate change scenarios in Adjara coastal zone and on the sustainability of coastal recreational resources were also presented at the conference in terms of potential increase of sea level expected in the 21st century.     The aim of the conference was to introduce stakeholders to coastal zone problems related to global warming and unsustainable use of natural resources, and ways to address and mitigate the challenges. During the meeting, stakeholders discussed minerals’ management policy issues. Development of an Action Plan to solve specific challenges faced by all stakeholders in this direction was agreed among the participants as well.     Conference was held on 2 March 2017 in Hotel Sheraton, Batumi. The conference was organized within the following CENN’s ongoing programs:     Promoting Environmental and Social Accountability in the Mining Sector in the Caucasus with the financial support of German Fund Bread for the World (BftW) and Empowering Modern Research Practices of the Regional Agriculture-Related Institutions, in partnership with the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) and PMC Research Center. For additional information, please contact:   Nino Gaprindashvili CENN t +99532 275 19 03/04 f +99532 275 19 05 m +995 593 92 48 44 nino.gaprindashvili@cenn.org                                                                SHARE THIS: Facebook Twitter Linkedin Google

III Regional Meeting on Promoting Responsible Mining in Caucasus

10.02.2017

On 1-2 February 2017, CENN organized III regional meeting within the framework of the project Promoting Environmental and Social Accountability in the Mining Sector in the Caucasus. The meeting was attended by the partner organizations from Armenia and Azerbaijan, Local Working Groups (LWGs) from mining affected regions from Lori region (Armenia), Ganja-Gazakh Economic region (Azerbaijan) and Imereti, Kakheti, Tkibuli, Kvemo Kartli and Shida Kartli (Georgia).     The purpose of the meeting was to present the activities implemented within the project and develop action plans for each target country. Furthermore, the main problems caused by irresponsible mining activities at the local level were presented during the meeting.     The aim of the project is to reduce poverty, enhance environmental education and awareness, enhance environmental and social security related to mining activities and foster sustainable rural development.     The project is being implemented with the financial support of the German fund, Bread for the World.  

Bulachauri Green Center Hosted Green Ideas Workshop

09.02.2017

On February 6-7 young and creative minds gathered at the Bulachauri Green Centre and worked together with CENN mentors. As an active supporter of the youth initiatives, CENN hosted a two-day workshop aiming to generate new ideas and initiatives and support youth activism in the regions of Georgia.   The first day of the event was dedicated to the generation of new ideas from young participants; best ideas were selected and supported by mentors during the second day of the workshop. Two teams have already started idea implementation activities. Among them are Telavi Flea Market community and green YouTube channel Greenvironment.   As a continuation of successful two-day workshop, CENN team will help young innovators in the implementation of their initiatives on the return to their home regions.   Please see a short coverage on what took place during the event.      

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