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

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

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

05.04.2017

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.

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