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                  

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