Our History

Since 1998, we have worked with local communities, national governments through to region-wide initiatives to engender green growth at 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.

 

Check out some of our accomplishments:

 

2016 ·       Launching of the environmental mobile app “GreenWatch”

·       Launching of Caucasus Environmental Knowledge Portal – www.environment.cenn.org

·       CENN participated and hosted side events within the 8th Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference in Batumi, Georgia

·       Establishment of Buxus Colchica nursery in the village Rukhi, Samegrelo region

·       Announcement and implementation of the Niko Ketskhoveli School Competition

·       Sub-law on Green Space Management

·       Cost-Benefit Analysis of Forest Function Management

·       Establishment of agricultural demo-plot in Telavi, Kakheti region

·       Opening of the Disveli Ecomigrant Women Cheese cooperative

·       Introducing Waste Separation Scheme at Goodwill Hypermarket and Tbilisi Marriot hotel

·       A waste separation and recycling electronic game for children

·       Closure of illegal dumpsite in Beshumi, Khulo municipality

·       Closure of Gurjaani Landfill

·       Seasonal Study of the Composition of Solid Municipal Waste in Adjara AR and Kakheti Region

·       The Waste Management Guideline for Agency of Protected Areas (APA)

·       General methodology for waste tariff calculation and a cost recovery system

·       Publicaton of the study “Environmental and Socio-Economic Implications of the Mining Sector and Prospects of Responsible Mining in Georgia”

 

 

2015 ·       Developed Adjara Forest Strategy

·       Implemented the Photo Synthesis 2015 – School competition with a slogan – Wood is more than firewood

·       Established 7 local working groups (LWG) in mining affected regions in the South Caucasus Region

·       Developed technical regulations for Construction, Operation, Closure and After-Care of Landfills and Collection and Treatment of Municipal Waste that were approved by the Government of Georgia

 

 

2014 ·       CENN assisted the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia:

·       to develop the roadmap of implementation of last 3 protocols of the LRTAP convention

·       to design national air quality monitoring network

·       CENN introduced the modern tools for air quality monitoring and management (ADMS-Urban, THOR, COPERT 4)

·       Draft plan for reduction of consumption of firewood was developed

·       A National Plan for Preserving Buxus Colchica was developed

·       Transboundary Climate Change Adaptation Plans in the Caucasus were developed

·       Mandate of MRA was amended to reflect eco migration issues and an Ecomigration department was established, legal acts regulating the resettlement process were approved

·       CENN developed a map of Natural Disasters and Ecomigration Risks

·       CENN initiated Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) approach in Georgia

·       Alliance of eco clubs Georgia was establish and registered

·       CENN established the first women agriculture cooperative in Disveli

·       CENN established the Niko Ketskhoveli Environmental Award

 

 

2013 ·       CENN assisted the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia to develop National Forest Policy document in participatory way that was approved by the Parliament in December, 2013

·       CENN was accredited as an observer organisation to 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 first Atlas of Natural Hazards and Disaster Risks and Web-Portal for Georgia

·       CENN became Chair of the Environmental Sub-Group of the Donor Coordination Group on Agriculture

·       CENN created portal of 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 region

·       The number of the CENN electronic network subscribers exceeds 21,000

 

 

2011 ·       CENN was elected as GEF NGO Network’s Regional Focal Point (RFP) for the Eastern Europe & Central Asia Region

·       CENN in collaboration UNITAR and Ministry of Environment Protection of Georgia developed 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 mobilised 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 Association of Tower Owners in Svaneti

 

 

2009 ·       CENN became a member of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaPCSF)

·       CENN initiated 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 new program promoting modern DRM (Disaster Risk Management) technologies and methodologies in partnership with ITC Netherlands

·       CENN created sensitivity maps for Georgia (forestry, mining, water resources, fishery and POPs)

·       CENN became member of IUCN

·       CENN obtained an accreditation of GEF – Global Environmental Facility

·       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 member of 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 resources 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 resources management

–        Compliance Stewardship Council (CSC) for improved policy dialogue and sustainable development

·       CENN together with the OECI managed to prioritise DRR (Improvement of the system of environmental monitoring and prognosis) as one of three priorities in the Basic Data and Direction (BDD) document of the Government of Georgia for 2009-2012

·       CENN initiated the Green Campaigns:

–        Green Bag

–        Green Café

·       CENN became an NGO Focal Point SAICM – Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management

·       CENN became a Partner of the PCFV – Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles

 

 

2007 ·       CENN established:

–        Center for Journalists reporting on environment

–        Bakuriani Hotel Association

·       Open Environmental Civic Initiative (OECI) for the Sustainable Development of Georgia

·       CENN signed Memorandum of Partnership with organisations acting in the fields of sustainable development and environment in the South Caucasus region CENN initiated:

–        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)

–        Ajarian Youth Environmental Network (AYEN)

·       CENN organised the first Caucasus Independent Documentary Film Festival “Footprints”

·       CENN facilitates Kura-Araks NGO Forum

·       CENN merged with the 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 ·       First regional magazine “Caucasus Environment” issued

·       CENN established Kvemo Kartli Public Information Center (KKPIC)

 

 

2002 ·       CENN started large scale regional activities in the Caucasus region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russian Federation)
 

 

2000 ·       CENN was officially registered in Georgia
 

 

1998 ·       CENN created Caucasus electronic network

·       CENN started operation, Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Caucasus environmental NGOs

 

 

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