Our History

Since 1998, we have worked with local communities and national governments via region-wide initiatives to engender green growth on every level. At CENN, we believe that sustainable development is best achieved through networking, cooperation, and engaging with all sections of society. We implement joint initiatives with equal participation across Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia to find viable solutions to local and regional environmental challenges.

 

Take a look at some of our accomplishments:

 

2016

  • Launch of the environmental mobile app “GreenWatch”
  • Launch of the Caucasus Environmental Knowledge Portal – environment.cenn.org
  • CENN participated in and hosted side events at the 8th Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference in Batumi, Georgia
  • Established the Buxus Colchica nursery in the village of Rukhi, Samegrelo region
  • Announced and implemented the Niko Ketskhoveli School Competition
  • Sub-law on Green Space Management
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Forest Function Management
  • Established an agricultural demo-plot in Telavi, Kakheti region
  • Opened the Disveli Eco-migrant Women’s Cheese cooperative
  • Established a Waste Separation Scheme at Goodwill Hypermarket and Tbilisi Marriot Hotel
  • Created an electronic waste separation and recycling game for children
  • Closed an illegal dumpsite in Beshumi, Khulo municipality
  • Shut down the Gurjaani landfill
  • Conducted a Seasonal Study of the Composition of Solid Municipal Waste in Adjara AR and the Kakheti region
  • Created the Waste Management Guideline for Agency of Protected Areas (APA)
  • Established a general methodology for waste tariff calculation and a cost recovery system
  • Published the study, “Environmental and Socio-Economic Implications of the Mining Sector and Prospects of Responsible Mining in Georgia”

 

2015

  • Developed the Adjara Forest Strategy
  • Implemented the 2015 Photo Synthesis school competition with the slogan, “Wood is more than firewood”
  • Established 7 local working groups (LWG) in regions affected by mining in the South Caucasus
  • Developed technical regulations for the Construction, Operation, Closure and After-Care of Landfills and Collection and Treatment of Municipal Waste that was approved by the Government of Georgia

 

2014

  • CENN assisted the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia in developing a roadmap for implementing the last 3 protocols of the LRTAP convention and designing a national air quality monitoring network
  • CENN introduced modern tools for air quality monitoring and management (ADMS-Urban, THOR, COPERT 4)
  • Developed a draft plan for reducing the consumption of firewood
  • Developed a National Plan for Preserving Buxus Colchica
  • Developed Transboundary Climate Change Adaptation Plans in the Caucasus
  • Amended a mandate of the MRA to reflect eco-migration issues, established an eco-migration department and approved legal acts regulating the resettlement process
  • CENN developed a map of Natural Disasters and Eco-migration Risks
  • CENN initiated the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) approach in Georgia
  • Established and registered an alliance of eco clubs in Georgia
  • CENN established the first women’s agriculture cooperative in Disveli
  • CENN established the Niko Ketskhoveli Environmental Award

 

2013

  • CENN assisted the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia in developing a National Forest Policy document in a participatory manner that was approved by the Parliament in December 2013
  • CENN was accredited as an observing organization for the Green Climate Fund (GCF)
  • CENN joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC)
  • The first automatic Air Quality Monitoring station in Georgia was installed with the support of CENN

 

2012

  • CENN developed the first Atlas of Natural Hazards and Disaster Risks and Web-Portal for Georgia
  • CENN became the Chair of the Environmental Sub-Group of the Donor Coordination Group on Agriculture
  • CENN created a portal for the Land Sensitivity Maps for Alazani-Lori (Geo-Az) and Khrami-Debeda (Geo-Arm) transboundary watersheds
  • CENN developed Climate Change Adaptation Plans for the climate hot-spot municipalities and regions in the Caucasus
  • The number of CENN electronic network subscribers exceeded 21,000

 

2011

  • CENN was elected as GEF NGO Network’s Regional Focal Point (RFP) for the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region
  • CENN, in collaboration with UNITAR and the Ministry of Environment Protection of Georgia, developed a Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) Model for Georgia

 

2010

  • CENN was elected as Co-Coordinator of the Thematic Working Group on Energy Security, Environment and Climate Change of the National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum
  • CENN became a member of the National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaPCSF)
  • CENN mobilized 6 new Rural Women Councils (RWCs) in Kvirila-Tskhaltsitela (2 in Georgia), Agrichay (2 in Azerbaijan) and Debeda (2 in Armenia) river basins
  • CENN established the Association of Tower Owners in Svaneti

 

2009

  • CENN became a member of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaPCSF)
  • CENN initiated the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Mitigation (CCADM) program in the Caucasus
  • CENN developed natural disaster hazard, vulnerability and risk maps for hotspot areas in Georgia
  • CENN initiated a new program promoting modern DRM (Disaster Risk Management) technologies and methodologies in partnership with ITC Netherlands
  • CENN created sensitivity maps for Georgia (i.e. forestry, mining, water resources, fishery and POPs)
  • CENN became a member of IUCN
  • CENN obtained accreditation with the Global Environmental Facility (GEF)
  • CENN became a member of the GEF NGO Network
  • CENN became a member of the Working Group on Environmental Impact Assessment under the UNECE ESPOO Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in Transboundary Context
  • CENN became a member of the Avalon Network

 

2008

  • CENN established:
    • Open Environmental Civic Initiative (OECI) for the Sustainable Development of Georgia that incorporates local groups active throughout the country and works on integrated natural resource management and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) issues
    • Rural Women Councils (RWCs) in Khrami-Debeda (Georgia-Armenia) and Alazani-Lori (Georgia- Azerbaijan) transboundary watersheds that work on women’s empowerment for sustainable natural resource management
    • Compliance Stewardship Council (CSC) for improved policy dialogue and sustainable development
    • CENN, together with the OECI, managed to prioritize DRR (improve the environmental monitoring and prognosis system) as one of three priorities in the Basic Data and Direction (BDD) document of the Government of Georgia for 2009-2012
  • CENN initiated the following Green campaigns:
    • Green Bag campaign
    • Green Café campaign
  • CENN became an NGO Focal Point for Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
  • CENN became a Partner with the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV)

2007

  • CENN established:
    • Center for Journalists reporting on the environment
    • Bakuriani Hotel Association
    • Open Environmental Civic Initiative (OECI) for the Sustainable Development of Georgia
  • CENN signed a Memorandum of Partnership with organizations working in the fields of sustainable development and environmentalism in the South Caucasus region
  • CENN initiated the following Green campaigns:
    • Green School campaign
    • Green Office campaign

 

2006

  • CENN established:
    • Bakuriani Tourist Information Center (TIC)
    • Bakuriani Hotel Association
    • Samtskhe-Javakheti Public Information Center (PIC)
    • Kvemo Kartli Public Information Center (PIC)
    • Adjarian Youth Environmental Network (AYEN)
  • CENN organized the first Caucasus Independent Documentary Film Festival called “Footprints”
  • CENN facilitated the Kura-Araks NGO Forum
  • CENN merged with ACTA Consultants Georgia Ltd.

 

2005

  • CENN established:
    • Caucasus Youth Environmental Network (CYEN)
    • Public EIA Library
  • CENN became a member of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA)

 

2004

  • CENN established:
    • Energy Services Consumers Association (ESCA) in Tbilisi, Georgia
    • Bakuriani Public Environmental Information Center (PEIC)

 

2003

  • The first regional magazine “Caucasus Environment” was issued
  • CENN established the Kvemo Kartli Public Information Center (KKPIC)

 

2002

  • CENN began implementing large scale regional activities in the Caucasus region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russian Federation)

 

2000

  • CENN was officially registered in Georgia

 

1998

  • CENN created the Caucasus Electronic Network
  • A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Caucasus environmental NGOs
  • CENN was born!
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