USAID and CENN Launched Phase II of the WMTR Program


USAID and CENN has launched phase II of Waste Management Technologies in Regions Program (WMTR II). The Program will continue assisting the Government of Georgia (GoG) to modernize the country’s waste management sector and support 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 will continue working in Kakheti and Adjara AR regions and will upscale its efforts to selected municipalities in Shida Kartli and the City of Tbilisi. The program will assist the GoG to implement the requirements of the Waste Management Code and the National Waste Management Strategy and Action Plan to ensure that modern waste management standards are introduced into the country in line with the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.   To this end, the program will mainstream innovative approaches, apply new technologies, and streamline strong partnerships, to achieve, sustain and extend set objectives and solve development challenges.   WMTR II is built on lessons learned and knowledge and experience accumulated over phase I of the program and focuses on the following main directions:   • Implementation of an Integrated Waste Management System • Private Sector-Led Recycling • Illegal Dumping Penalties and Tariff Policy • Public Outreach.   International City/County Management Association (ICMA) will be providing advisory support to the program.   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.

Earth Day 2017


Every year, on April 22, we join the world to celebrate the Earth Day   This year we celebrated it in Vake Park with the US Embassy to Georgia. We had quite a fun despite the windy weather, we played mini basketball – for every plastic bottle hit to the bin we offered cupcakes in the colors of the Earth, we decorated Earth Day resolution tree – everyone had a possibility to write down their promise – for the environment I would… – on handmade cards and hang them on the tree, we talked about the importance of waste segregation and recycling, and most importantly we collected plastic bottles, and we would like to specially thank Clean World for taking the collected plastic bottles for recycling. Thank you all for joining us, for bringing even one plastic bottle and just for caring for the environment.   You can find fun GIFs of the event and yourselves here                          

Ecomigrant Women Cheese Factory Opening in Disveli


On 12 April 2017, Ecomigrant women’s “Disveli” cooperative opening ceremony was carried out in the village of Disveli of Bolnisi Municipality. Representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia, Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia, Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO), Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), The Rural Economic Development Programme (RED) for the Southern Regions of Georgia and CENN attended the ceremony.     The cooperative is located in Bolnisi Municipality’s village of Disveli, Kvemo Kartli region. Disveli is a settlement comprised of ecomigrants from Zemo Adjara, who were displaced due to natural hazards. Small enterprise, which is in line with modern standards, will strengthen the socio-economic conditions of local women as well as support rural development.     Building the cheese cooperative in Disveli is the result of a partnership between CENN and Rural Economic Development Program (RED) for the Southern Regions of Georgia – a joint Danish-Swiss project that aims to contribute to the economic growth of the agriculture sector and reduction of poverty in Samtskhe-Javakheti and Kvemo Kartli regions.     CENN’s involvement in the establishment of the women cooperative and enterprise was possible in the framework of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) funded project, Empowered Rural Women for Sustainable Agriculture in the South Caucasus, which is implemented in a partnership with Hilfswerk Austria International and Green Lane Agricultural Assistance NGO in Armenia.          

Empowering Modern Research Practices of Regional Agriculture-Related Institutions - Project close-out Workshop


28-29 March 2017, with support of the European Neighborhood Program for Agricultural and Rural Development (ENPARD), in the framework of EU-funded project “Empowering Modern Research Practices of Regional Agriculture-Related Institutions” a close-out workshop took place in Kakheti, at Lopota Lake Resort.   The aim of the workshop was to share experience and strengthen the cross regional network of project beneficiary universities and evaluate the project implementation.   Presentations delivered on the project implementation, research analysis, followed by a group discussion regarding future development of the agriculture faculties of the regional agriculture-related research institutions.   Academic staff and students of Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, Samtskhe-Javakheti State University and Telavi Iakob Gogebashvili State University participated in the event. The workshop started on 28 March 2017, at 10:00 am at the Lopota Lake Resort and finished on 29 March 2017, at 14:00 pm with the visit to Telavi Iakob Gogebashvili State University demo plot.   The project “Empowering Modern Research Practices of the Regional Agriculture-Related Institutions” is supported by the European Union through ENPARD programme. The project is being implemented by the Georgian Rural Development Department of the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs in partnership with the Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN) and PMC Research Centre.

Conference – Environmental and Socio-economic Implications of the Mining Sector and Prospects of Responsible Mining in South Caucasus


CENN has been implementing a regional project: Promoting Environmental and Social Accountability in the Mining Sector in the Caucasus, aiming to reduce poverty, enhance environmental education and awareness, enhance environmental and social security related to mining activities and foster sustainable rural development.     The conference — Environmental and Socio-economic Implications of the Mining Sector and Prospects of Responsible Mining in South Caucasus. The conference will be held in Courtyard Marriot hotel (4, Freedom Square, Tbilisi) on March 29, 2017, at 10:00.   The purpose of the conference is to introduce stakeholders’ environmental, social and economic impact of mining in the South Caucasus and the prospects of its responsible operations.   The conference will present the activities implemented within the 3-year regional project and their results in the South Caucasus. The meeting will be attended by our partners from Armenia and Azerbaijan.  

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


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)  

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