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    January 22, 2017
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News from Georgia >>

UNECE working with Georgia to implement green decision-making tools
Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and environmental impact assessment (EIA) are tools for greening economic development at the planning and project levels. Since 2013, UNECE has supported Georgia’s efforts towards  More>>

Georgia: Farmers establish Council for better cooperation with government
The EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) and Georgian Farmers’ Association have announced the formation of a Farmers’ Council to facilitate the active involvement of  More>>

Georgia: EU-funded programme presents agriculture success story
A beneficiary of the EU-funded ENPARD programme in Georgia has spoken about the programme’s success at the ‘EU Success Stories in the Eastern Neighbourhood’ conference at the European Parliament in Brussels on 6 December.  More>>

How Georgian Forest Landscapes can be Restored
In 2005, 44 governments decided to commit to jointly fighting against illegal logging and associated forest crimes by signing the Saint Petersburg Declaration (SPD). This document also contained the commitment to recognize the rights of forest  More>>

Lagodekhi Sets the Model of Civic Platform in Rural Development
Up to 40 representatives of local municipalities, businesses, civil society and community organisations from different regions of Georgia visited Lagodekhi on 20 and 21 December 2016 to share experience of the Local Actions Groups  More>>

News from Azerbaijan >>

At final meeting in Azerbaijan, stakeholders appraise FLEG II outcomes and urge to continue efforts
The FLEG II Program put together direct beneficiaries, 35 representatives of state forestry enterprises, educational and forestry experts, National Program Advisory Committee (NPAC) members, local municipalities, NGO, etc.  More>>

Azerbaijan: EU brings more opportunities for women in the regions
A new resource centre for women was opened last week in the city of Bilasuvar in Azerbaijan as part of a joint EU and UN Development Programme (UNDP) project. The centre will serve as a public platform to plan and coordinate  More>>

The World’s Most Wanted Leopard
Nat Geo WILD is to screen a revelatory documentary charting the search for The World’s Most Wanted Leopard. The film airs internationally in December 2016 as part of the Mission Critical strand, which features powerful stories of  More>>

Azerbaijan eyes to create agricultural insurance fund
It is planned to establish an agricultural insurance fund in Azerbaijan in 2018, according to the Strategic Road Map for the manufacture and processing of agricultural products in the country published in Azerbaijan’s official press.  More>>

News from Armenia >>

FAO and Armenia signed a five-year cooperation agreement
The Minister of Agriculture of Armenia Ignati Araqelyan and Raimund Jehle, FAO Representative for Armenia, signed the new Armenia-FAO Country Programmming Framework on 6 December, 2016 in Yerevan Armenia.  More>>

Opening of the first buckwheat processing factory in Armenia
Since 2015 ENPARD’s "Producer Group and Value Chain Development Project Financed by European Union and Austrian Development Agency, works with 52 primary producer and processing groups in 5 value chains.  More>>

European Union’s ‘water initiative +’ program launched in Armenia
The European Union’s four-year program ‘Water Initiative +’ was launched in Armenia, Artsvik Minasyan, Armenian nature protection minister, told journalists. The budget of the program for all the six Eastern Partnership countries is ˆ25 million  More>>

Competition for water is damaging a fertile valley
The waste of artesian waters extracted for fishery purposes in the Ararat Valley in recent years has left parts of the arable land without irrigation. On the other hand, water poured into drainage canals results in an increase of surface water  More>>

International News >>

Promoting public participation and transparency in biosafety
Genetically modified crops are grown on some 450 million acres in over two dozen countries, but there are also numerous countries that ban or prohibit genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Even among countries that prohibit GMO  More>>

Wood production sees growth driven by housing and green energy markets
Global production of all major wood products grew for the sixth consecutive year in 2015, while trade in wood products decreased slightly, according to new data published by FAO today.  More>>

FLEG to FLR transition – a natural fit
Since 2009, ENPI-FLEG has been producing stunning results and has become a trusted partner of natural resource management practitioners in each of the governments of ENPI East (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) and Russia  More>>

Global water workshop promotes coordinated attainment of global development goals while managing transboundary basins
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will require coordination across sectors, coherent policies, and integrated planning. It is increasingly clear that authorities need to “break the silos” of their sectoral mandates  More>>

European Commission, UN Environment Programme step up cooperation to protect the world's oceans
Protecting the world's oceans from the rising threats of pollution, marine litter and overfishing will be a top cooperation priority for the European Commission and the United Nations Environment Programme next year.  More>>

News From CENN >>

National Seminar on Key Political Issues of Forestry Strategy Held
On 7 December 2016, the National Seminar on Key Political Issues of Forestry Strategy was held at Courtyard Marriott Hotel. The event was organized by CENN, with financial support from Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC)  More>>

Demo Plot for Samtskhe-Javakheti State University
Within the framework of the project, Empowering Modern Research Practices of Regional Agriculture-Related Institutions, a demo plot equipped with modern technologies is to be arranged on the grounds of Samtskhe-Javakheti  More>>

Workshop on Municipal Waste Management Plans - WMTR Program with the US Embassy’s Education Festival
Target municipalities of Kakheti and Adjara AR are working on developing five-year municipal management plans together with the WMTR Program. Within the framework of the plans, a workshop was held in  More>>

Onion Value Chain Analysis in Samtskhe-Javakheti Region
On 9 December 2016, PMC Research held a presentation to introduce the findings of a Value Chain Analysis (VCA) on onions in the city of Akhaltsikhe, Samtskhe-Javakheti region. The main goal of the research was to examine  More>>

Integrated Natural Resource Management - Guidelines
CENN, in cooperation with Samtskhe – Javakheti State University, Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University and Telavi Iakob Gogebashvili State University, is developing guidelines on Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM).  More>>

Fifth Stakeholder Consultative Group meeting Within the WMTR Program
The fifth meeting of the Stakeholder Consultative Group (SCG) was organized in Courtyard Marriot on December 15, 2016. Various stakeholders of the waste management sector attended the meeting, including representatives of  More>>

News from the GEF >>

Gender and biodiversity joint gains - COP 13
At the UN Biological diversity conference (COP13) in Cancun, Mexico, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) discussed progress and experiences in integrating gender and social inclusion dimensions into biodiversity  More>>

2016 in review: a year of action for the global environment
As 2016 comes to an end, Global Environment Facility (GEF) looks back at some of the year’s achievements that helped place our planet on  More>>






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