World Clean-Up Day

06.09.2018

Dear Friends,   We are delighted to inform you that on September 15th, the event, World Clean–Up Day, will be held. The Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, The Greens Movement of Georgia / Friends of the Earth, Georgian Society of Nature Explorers Orchis, and the programs “Raising Awareness in Ecology and Waste Management” and “Clean-up Georgia Phase III,” supported by the government of Sweden, Georgia’s National Platform member –international company Caucasus Youth Network with the campaign, Let’s Do It, and CENN’s Waste Management Technology in Regions Phase II (WMTR II) program, supported by USAID, are going to celebrate World Clean-Up Day together. We hope that Georgia’s national platform member organizations will also join us and encourage other governmental and non-governmental organizations to clean-up different territories.   On September 15th, millions of people from 150 countries will unite to take care of our one and only planet, our home. The clean-up events will commence in New Zealand and finish 36 hours later in Hawaii.   The idea behind World Clean-Up Day originated 10 years ago in Estonia, when 4% of the country’s population united to clean their surroundings of waste. This idea gave birth to the global community movement, Let’s Do It World, which unifies people with one goal: keep Earth clean.   Information about clean-up event times and places will be disseminated on different media platforms, such as WMTR II program’s social network and portal (http://environment.cenn.org/waste-management), and The Greens Movement of Georgia’s website (www.cleanup.ge, www.greens.ge). For organizations that wish to join this event, please contact us in advance.   Information about the programs:   The Greens Movement of Georgia The Greens Movement of Georgia / Friends of the Earth has been part of the UN environmental program’s (UNEP) initiated annual campaign, Clean Up the World, since 1992. In 2010, with support provided by the government of Sweden and the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, the project, “Let’s Clean up Georgia,” was initiated and is still ongoing. In the framework of this project, an NGO consortium comprised of the Greens Movement of Georgia, the Georgian Society of Nature Explorers Orchis and Ecovision, has been holding large-scale clean-up events in 63 municipalities throughout Georgia since 2015. Illegal landfills are accounted for and are being monitored with the help of Greens Movement regional coordinators, and systematic meetings are organized with local municipality leaders and the community in order to raise awareness about the environmental impact of waste. The consortium actively participated in the formation of the Waste Management Code and municipal waste management five-year plans. The direct result of the aforementioned activities is that communal service funding was increased in the budgets of municipalities.   Let’s Do it World Let’s Do it Georgia is a representative of the international organization, Let’s do it World in Georgia. The organization will participate in clean-up activities on September 15th. The project aims to include 5% of Georgia’s population (200,000 people) in the clean-up activities and thereby reduce littering in Georgia.   Currently, Let’s Do it Georgia is collaborating with 50 regional organizations, all of the municipalities, the parliament of Georgia, the president’s administration and hundreds of leaders from all regions of Georgia, who are ready to volunteer.   WMTR II program The Waste Management Technology in Regions phase II (WMTR II) program is implemented in three regions of Georgia: Kakheti, Shida Kartli, the Autonomous Republic of Adjara and the city of Tbilisi. The WMTR II program assists the Government of Georgia (GoG) in modernizing the country’s waste management sector and supporting sustainable development and inclusive economic growth, ensuring the responsible management of natural endowments that will minimize adverse impacts from waste on human health and natural resources.   The program is structured according to the following objectives: • Implementation of an Integrated Waste Management System • Private Sector-Led Recycling • Illegal Dumping Penalties and Tariff Policy • Public Outreach   Please join us on September 15th to help clean up our planet. One day. One planet. One goal For further information please contact:   WMTR II Salome Sulaberidze: salome.sulaberidze@cenn.org   The Greens Movement of Georgia Marika Pirosmanishvili: pirmariami@gmail.com Elene Berdenishvili: lenaberdzenishvili@gmail.com Nino Chkhobadze: nino.chkhobadze@gmail.com   Let’s Do it World letsdoitgeorgia@gmail.com

WASH Councils were Established in Kvemo Kartli

14.05.2018

From 1-4 May 2018, CENN conducted meetings in Kvemo Kartli Municipalities (Dmanisi, Tetritskaro, Marneuli and Tsalka), where WASH councils were established through the participatory approach. The councils include local residents as well as other stakeholders. The meeting participants discussed and deliberated existing WASH problems and possible solutions.   During the meetings, hosted by respective municipalities, WASH councils and other participants were introduced to the WASH Technical Assessment in Kvemo Kartli, which was developed by CENN. A decision was made for WASH councils to work towards solving WASH-related problems through implementing small infrastructural projects, raising public awareness and advocating/lobbying their interests.   The meetings were organized by CENN within the framework of the following projects: “Georgia Community WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Initiative” and “Water for the Poor.” Along with other activities, the projects plan to increase WASH Council capacities according to their needs. The main objectives of the projects are to promote health care and suitable living conditions for socially vulnerable communities, prevent discrimination, provide access to water, and establish WASH standards by engaging respective stakeholders.   The project, “Georgia Community WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Initiative,” is implemented by CENN with support from Global Water Challenge and The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF).   The project, “Water for the Poor,” is implemented by CENN and financially supported by the EU. Contact Information:   Vakho Kochoradze Project Manager | CENN vakho.kochoradze@cenn.org   Melano Tkabladze Project Manager | CENN melano.tkabladze@cenn.org   Tel.: +995 32 275 19 03 / 04 http://environment.cenn.org/wash/ #washgeorgia  

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

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

Tkibuli to Have a Modern Eco Hub

14.06.2017

CENN has embarked on a new nationwide initiative on opening Eco hubs for the young in schools and libraries, planning to open up to ten Eco Hubs in Georgia. After Bolnisi, Telavi and Batumi, Tkibuli will get a new eco hub, which is set to open in students’ youth center. The Eco hub is to start functioning through the joint forces of CENN and Tkibuli’s “Saknakhshiri”.   “Saknakhshiri” administration expressed their willingness and goodwill to part take in the establishment of the Eco hub and its development. Therefore, a decision was made that “Saknakhshiri” would carry out all repairs for the building, whereas CENN is to supply the hub with modern technologies and environmental literature.   The Eco hubs will also be constructed in three schools winning the “Niko Ketskhoveli 2017” competition, as well as in those, actively involved. Youth Eco hubs in Georgian regions will support raising the students’ environmental awareness, increase their involvement in various ecological problems and implement rural development principles.   The Eco hub is going to be made up of high school students and teachers, who are to become CENN’s electronic mailing subscribers and shall receive up to date environmental news. Tkibuli Eco Hub is planned to open in September 2017.   The initiative is implemented within Sustainable Forest Management in Georgia, a project funded by Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC).

USAID and CENN Launched Phase II of the WMTR Program

18.05.2017

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

26.04.2017

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 http://giffer.ge/ka-GE/event/602                          

Ecomigrant Women Cheese Factory Opening in Disveli

21.04.2017

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.          

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