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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
The Local Action Group
The Local Action Group (LAG) was
Officially Established in Keda Municipality
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
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
• Tamar Khuntsaria, Team Leader, ENPARD Communication Unit, +995 595 989916,
• Nino Gaprindashvili,
CENN Project Manager, +995 593 92 48 44,
A Waste Separation Corner Opened
A Waste Separation Corner Opened at
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.
Eco-hubs for Sustainable Develop
Eco-hubs for Sustainable
Nine new Ecohubs were established in regions of Georgia by CENN to foster
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
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 country’s sustainable development. All eco-hubs established
by CENN are mapped on an
interactive map where a description and a contact person is included for
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
Select the Convenient Location a
Select the Convenient Location and
Start Sorting Waste
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:
WASH Technical Assessment in Kve
WASH Technical Assessment in Kvemo
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 project’s 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:
Tel: +99532 275 19 03/04
Fax: +99532 275 19 05
Thinned and Cut Forest in Khashu
Thinned and Cut Forest in Khashuri
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.
There’s a considerably high rate of environmental crimes in Khashuri
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
Training on Waste Management was
Training on Waste Management was
held for Schoolchildren from Village Nikozi and 1st Public School of
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
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.
Schoolchildren of 54 Public Scho
Schoolchildren of 54 Public School
were Given Trainings on Waste Management
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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