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>> The Local Action Group (LAG) was Officially Established in Keda Municipality
>> A Waste Separation Corner Opened at GTC Carrefour
>> Eco-hubs for Sustainable Development Goals
>> Select the Convenient Location and Start Sorting Waste
>> WASH Technical Assessment in Kvemo Kartli Region
>> Thinned and Cut Forest in Khashuri
>> Training on Waste Management was held for Schoolchildren from Village Nikozi and 1st Public School of Gori
>> Schoolchildren of 54 Public School were Given Trainings on Waste Management

31.1.2018 The Local Action Group

The Local Action Group (LAG) was Officially Established in Keda Municipality


Source: CENN, 2018-01-08

The Local Action Group (LAG) was officially established in Keda Municipality as a result of active information and mobilization campaigns conducted by CENN and Institute of Democracy.

On 24 December 2017, LAG Board Members have been elected. In total LAG unites 266 members, out of this 40% are women. The sectors are distributed as follows: Public Sector 36%; Civic - 14%, Private 50%. As for geographical coverage, LAG have the representatives from all (9) communities of Keda Municipality.

The election has been conducted through ballot voting principle. The LAG Board includes the representatives of AMAGs (The Union of Local Active Citizens) established in Adjara AR.

The election was preceded by the pre-election campaign aimed at presenting the programs developed by the LAG Board Member Candidates to the LAG members, also introducing the election procedures.

In January 2018 the LAG board will elect the chair.

The project Optimising the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality is financially supported by the European Union 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 (IR).

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:

Media Contact:

Tamar Khuntsaria, Team Leader, ENPARD Communication Unit, +995 595 989916,

Nino Gaprindashvili, CENN Project Manager, +995 593 92 48 44,

31.1.2018 A Waste Separation Corner Opened

A Waste Separation Corner Opened at GTC Carrefour


Source: CENN, 2018-01-08

In January 2018, an already sixth in a row waste separation corner was opened in Tbilisi, at GTC Carrefour located at Kolmeurneoba Square. Local residents and supermarket staff can bring sorted waste: paper, glass, plastic and aluminium to the separation corner. Transportation of thus sorted waste to recycling companies is provided by Clean World Ltd. Sorted waste is recycled at different enterprises and is transformed into new products.

Opening of the separation corner was implemented within Waste Management Technology in Regions, Phase II (WMTR II) program supported by USAID.

Through implementation of WMTR II program, USAID supports sustainable development and inclusive economic growth by facilitation of waste separation and recycling. Creation of waste recycling opportunities, education and awareness-raising campaigns help local residents to learn modern approaches to waste management and get actively involved in environmental processes.

Within WMTR II program, waste separation corners are already functional at different locations in Tbilisi.

Look through waste separation corners on the map of Tbilisi, spot the location near you, start sorting of waste and save natural resources.

WMTR II program is implemented by CENN with the support of USAID.

31.1.2018 Eco-hubs for Sustainable Develop

Eco-hubs for Sustainable Development Goals


Source: CENN, 2018-01-15

Nine new Ecohubs were established in regions of Georgia by CENN to foster environmental education.

The initiative was implemented within Sustainable Forest Governance in Georgia and funded by Austrian Development Cooperation.

Ecohub is a co-working space designed for planning and implementation of green ideas, environmental educational activities and discussion of environmental issues.
At the hub, young leaders can enjoy safe and comfortable environment, a variety of environmental literature and technical equipment.

The eco-hub is aimed at solving issues in the environmental sector and support human wellbeing and countrys sustainable development. All eco-hubs established by CENN are mapped on an interactive map where a description and a contact person is included for each.

For Ecohub leaders, the New Year started with strategic planning of their activities. Representatives of 13 eco-hubs assembled in Bulachauri Green Center on January 9-11 to develop 2018 action plans in accordance with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Current state and public environmental programs are integrated in the draft guidance documents.

A separate session was dedicated to state civic education program initiated by the Committee of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of the Parliament of Georgia along with eco-hubs.

The meeting was conducted in partnership with Waste Management Technology in Regions, Phase II (WMTR II) implemented by CENN with the financial support of USAID.

31.1.2018 Select the Convenient Location a

Select the Convenient Location and Start Sorting Waste


Source: CENN, 2018-01-18

Waste separation corners have already been up and running at already 7 locations in Tbilisi since January 2018. Local residents can bring sorted paper, glass, plastic and aluminum waste to the aforementioned stands.

For more detailed information, please see the following link:

31.1.2018 WASH Technical Assessment in Kve

WASH Technical Assessment in Kvemo Kartli Region


Source: CENN, 2018-01-18

From 21 December 2017 to 6 January 2017 CENN, together with independent experts, assessed the state of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) from preliminary selected locations in Dmanisi and Tsalka municipalities. The survey included 15 target groups, comprising of schoolteachers and students, vulnerable groups, municipal representatives, etc.

The main purpose of the studies was to reveal the level of access to water, sanitation and hygiene within the respective target groups and develop recommendations to improve the WASH conditions.

The assessment was preceded by meetings with the local population in Dmanisi, Tsalka, Marneuli and Tetritskaro municipalities (October - November 2017), where water and hygiene problems were identified, community mobilization was carried and prepared for the projects future activities.

The project Georgia Community WASH Initiative to Eliminate Inequalities in Access to Water and Sanitation in Vulnerable Multi-Ethnic Rural Communities is financed through the New World Program, which is facilitated by Global Water Challenge (GWC) in collaboration with The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF) and implemented by CENN. The project aims to improve WASH conditions for the target groups (multi-ethnic, vulnerable communities) in Kvemo Kartli Municipalities of Dmanisi, Tsalka, Marneuli and Tetritskaro, through lobbying, raising awareness among stakeholders and implementing projects.

For additional information, please contact:

Vakhtang Kochoradze
Project Coordinator
Tel: +99532 275 19 03/04
Fax: +99532 275 19 05

31.1.2018 Thinned and Cut Forest in Khashu

Thinned and Cut Forest in Khashuri


Source: CENN, 2018-01-18

Illegally felled trees, waste dumped in the forest, thinned and cut forest this is what the woods in the surroundings of villages Ali and Brili look like. Theres a considerably high rate of environmental crimes in Khashuri Municipality.

Based on the latest data, personnel of Supervision Department of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture revealed up to 4,000 facts of environmental crime related to wood felling in 2017, 1737 of them being the breach of forest legislation and 1397 breach of the rules of transportation.

On 2 August 2017, within the scope of Global Forest Watch, CENN visited Shida Kartli to evaluate the condition of forests. A forest expert and a geologist made a field visit to Khashuri-Kareli forest plot to make an assessment and prepare relevant reports. The above project is implemented by World Resources Institute (WRI) with the support of UNEP/GEF.

For more information, please visit the following link.

31.1.2018 Training on Waste Management was

Training on Waste Management was held for Schoolchildren from Village Nikozi and 1st Public School of Gori


Source: CENN, 2018-01-25

On January 18, an interactive training on Waste Management Challenges was held for schoolchildren from village Nikozi and 1st public school of Gori. After a training, schoolchildren watched a documentary film on waste recycling. A meeting was concluded by an entertaining quiz and a discussion on waste management possibilities.

The event was hosted by the Ecohub located in the 1st public school of Gori. Ecohub is an open working space for not only schoolchildren but anyone who is in need of a working space.

The event was held in the framework of WMTR II program that is implemented by CENN and supported by USAID.

31.1.2018 Schoolchildren of 54 Public Scho

Schoolchildren of 54 Public School were Given Trainings on Waste Management


Source: CENN, 2018-01-26

On January 23, students of Tbilisi Public School №54 were given an interactive training whose main theme was waste management technologies, practices and challenges. Through the seminar, the students not only got to know the importance of waste management, but also learned about waste sorting and recycling opportunities. School students and teachers were also introduced to the specifics and the guidelines for use of the waste separation stand opened near the school.

A waste separation corner has been up and running since January at Public School №54 where school personnel, students and their parents can bring paper, glass, aluminium and plastic waste.

Trainings were conducted within the framework of WMTR II program implemented by CENN with the support of USAID.





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