Contest for Journalists


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:   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


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   More information about ENPARD can be viewed at

Tkibuli to Have a Modern Eco Hub


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


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.          


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