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                  

Recycling Opportunities to Increase in Tbilisi

19.07.2017

On 17 July 2017, CENN, with the support of USAID/Georgia and in close cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, opened the second recycling corner in Tbilisi, located at the Ministry. The first recycling corner has been functioning in Didi Digomi branch of Goodwill supermarket in Tbilisi since 4 August 2016. Acting Deputy Mission Director Michael Rossman, Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia Solomon Pavliashvili, and CENN Executive Director Nana Janashia opened the second public recycling centre in Tbilisi. Such recycling corners help the country implement modern principles of waste management that include saving resources and getting economic effect by separating and subsequent recycling of waste. Separation corners offer an opportunity to local residents to take their sorted waste: glass, aluminum, plastic, paper and dispose it into the proper bin. Clean World Ltd. provides the transportation and the delivery of the sorted waste to recycling companies. The Recycling Center has been supported by USAID’s Waste Management Technologies in Regions, Phase II (WMTR II) project.   The WMTR II program assists the Government of Georgia (GoG) in modernization of the country’s waste management sector and supports 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 program is implemented in Kakheti and Shida Kartli Regions,Adjara Autonomous Republic and the city of Tbilisi in the following focus areas:   • Implementation of an Integrated Waste Management System • Private Sector-Led Recycling • Illegal Dumping Penalties and Tariff Policy • Public Outreach   WMTR II is implemented by CENN, with the support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID).                        

Optimising the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality

15.06.2017

On 1 May 2017, CENN, with EU’s support, started a project Optimising the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality.   The overall objective of the project is to reduce poverty through optimal use of local resource and potential as well as promoting rural development.   The project will foster the diversification of local economic activities, climate smart and competitive agriculture, popularization of resource efficient environmental practices and attract investments for the Municipality.   The project applies LEADER methodology – a European model for rural development, which implies the inclusion of local actors as implementers rather than beneficiaries.   The following three activities will be implemented within the project:   Establishment and capacity building of the Keda Local Action Group (LAG); Participatory Development of Gender and Youth Sensitive Keda Rural Development Strategy; Implementation of innovative projects through sub-grants under the strategy;   The project Optimising the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality is financially is supported by the European Union through ENPARD programme 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).   For additional information, please contact:   Nino Gaprindashvili CENN Tel: +99532 275 19 03/04 Fax: +99532 275 19 05 Mobile: +995 593 92 48 44 nino.gaprindashvili@cenn.org   More information about ENPARD can be viewed at www.enpard.ge

The First Stakeholders’ Consultative Group Meeting within WMTR II

15.06.2017

USAID and CENN has launched phase II of Waste Management Technologies in Regions Program (WMTR II). The first Stakeholders’ Consultative Group Meeting within the program took place in Tiflis Palace Hotel on 9 June 2017.   Along with presentation of the outline of Phase II of the program at the meeting, the activities conducted and the results achieved during Phase I of the program were summarized.   It was mentioned that all four focus areas of WMTR II that reflect the complex approach the program has towards waste management sector, specifically, the following key components of the program:   Implementation of an Integrated Waste Management SystemPrivate Sector-Led Recycling Illegal Dumping Penalties and Tariff Policy Public Outreach   It is critically important for the country to make sure that modernization of waste management sector takes place in order to provide sustainable development and inclusive economic growth using principles of responsible natural resources management, which will facilitate mitigation of adverse impact of waste on human health and environment.   The meeting took place in an interactive regime with the most in-depth discussion held on waste management tariff policy, fee collection tools and establishment of the entire system of household waste management – separate collection, recycling, disposal – that will be significantly supported by implementation of the policy conducted by the Waste Management Company of Georgia related to introduction of a gate fee at the landfills.   Capacity building of municipalities and self-governing bodies, which is one of the largest components of the program, is still an urgent issue. The program continues to support them in the development of municipal waste management plans by means of trainings and consultations in the new target region – Shida Kartli and implementation of the above-mentioned plans in the old regions – Kakheti and Adjara AR.   The Stakeholders’ Consultative Group on the one hand welcomed the extension of the program in Shida Kartli Region and Tbilisi and, on the other hand, expressed regret that the program does not include all other regions where the above work is also important.   The program will conduct the Stakeholders’ Consultative Group Meeting on a semi-annual basis, with representatives from all governmental agencies, NGOs and private sector as well as international organizations actively working in the waste management sector development in Georgia involved in the meeting.   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.

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