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>> An Institutional Model to Improve Forest Sector Policy and Governance
>> A Series of Community Development and Forest Trainings
>> Informational Meetings at Eco-Hubs about the Erasmus+ Youth Program
>> Say NO to Plastic
>> Drinkable Water, Trash-Free School Yards and Roofed Schools
>> EU Supported Media Tour Took Place in Keda Municipality
>> Green Festival at Krtsanisi Park
>> Keda LAG Developed the First Draft of Local Development Strategy together with Sectoral Groups



30.6.2018 An Institutional Model to Improv

An Institutional Model to Improve Forest Sector Policy and Governance

 

Source: CENN, 2018-06-01

In order to improve and support the operational effectiveness of the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia established as a result of structural and staff changes in the Government of Georgia, CENN involved international expertise in the process. Currently, Austrian and Slovenian experts are working on a document An Institutional Model to Improve Forest Sector Policy and Governance.

The experts met with representatives from both the public and private sectors during their visit to Georgia. The meetings were also conducted with foresters as well as representatives involved in current international projects and academic circles. During the field visit, the experts made an on-spot evaluation of forest conditions and spoke with foresters and representatives from the Regional Office of National Forestry Agency.

The results of the meetings and field visits were reflected in the working version of the document that was presented by the international experts at a stakeholder meeting. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion on building the capacity of the Ministry in terms of institutional management. The final presentation of the document is scheduled for the near future.

The initiative is implemented by CENN together with the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia, supported by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) within the Sustainable Forest Governance in Georgia Phase II project.


30.6.2018 A Series of Community Developmen

A Series of Community Development and Forest Trainings

 

Source: CENN, 2018-06-04

A series of Community Development and Forest trainings were conducted in regions of Georgia with CENNs initiative.

During the event, experts discussed the necessity of the multifunctional use of forests in order to implement sustainable practices, as well as the importance of recreational forests in Georgia for local populations, an institutional model for its management, and the need for developing an action plan.

Close attention was focused on opportunities to make profit from non-wood forest products in terms of multi-purpose planning and use, which entails the development of alternative forest use (i.e. recreation and tourism, hunting, non-wood forest resources, etc.).

The training was also attended by a representative of Kera, a bio-fuel producing company in Georgia who discussed alternative heating resources.

The initiative was implemented within the Sustainable Forest Governance in Georgia Phase II project with the support of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC).


30.6.2018 Informational Meetings at Eco-Hu

Informational Meetings at Eco-Hubs about the Erasmus+ Youth Program

 

Source: CENN, 2018-06-06

The Erasmus+ Youth information centre in Georgia, in cooperation with CENN, conducts informational meetings at eco-hubs within the framework of the Erasmus+ Youth program.

Erasmus+ Youth is an EU grant program implementing projects in the fields of education, training, youth and sports from 2014-2020. The program aims to modernize education by increasing employment and the level of knowledge, as well as conducting trainings and working with youth. The budget of the 7-year program is 14.7 billion. The program incorporates seven EU programs in the fields of education, training and youth. Projects supporting sports will also be added to the aforementioned list.

Representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, community associations, initiative groups, school and university students and other interested parties attend the informational meetings at eco-hubs.

At the meetings, information centre representatives inform the audience about the Erasmus+ program, its philosophy, goals and objectives as well as provide information concerning youth mobility, trainings, seminars, internships and volunteer opportunities. In addition, the centres staff offer the audience some specific steps to implement various projects and provide useful links and informational materials.

The initiative is carried out in the frame of the Sustainable Forest Governance in Georgia Phase II project, with the financial support of Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC).


30.6.2018 Say NO to Plastic

Say NO to Plastic

 

Source: CENN, 2018-06-11

World Environment Day is celebrated worldwide every year on June 5. This year, countries of the world united against Earths plastic waste pollution. According to current data, there will be more waste than fish in the oceans by 2050. In order to put a stop to this harsh reality, each and every person must be engaged in the fight against plastic!

This year, more than 3,000 events were registered worldwide to celebrate World Environment Day. People from the streets of New Delhi to the streets of New York City joined arms against plastic pollution.

Georgia has also joined the world campaign with the event Say No to Plastic waste! #BeatPlasticPollution that took place on June 5. CENNs WMTR II program, supported by USAID, organized the event together with the National Botanical Garden of Georgia.

On this day, the events attendees gained knowledge about modern waste management methods, took part in recycling quizzes, played entertaining games focused on plastic waste, created art from recycled materials in an upcycling workshop, and brought their own plastic PET bottles to be recycled by a private company.

Join the world campaign, #BeatPlasticPollution, by making sustainable lifestyle changes. For example, say NO to disposable water bottles and cutlery, plastic bags, straws, single-use containers, plastic packaging, etc. Instead, say YES to sustainable alternatives such as reusable water bottles and Tupperware, canvas bags, and metal straws! It is increasingly evident that disposable items have a disastrous impact on the world and it will only get worse if nothing is changed.

If you want to get involved in more activities in the fight against littering, please consider becoming a devoted ambassador of WMTR IIs campaign, Keep Georgia Beautiful.


30.6.2018 Drinkable Water

Drinkable Water, Trash-Free School Yards and Roofed Schools

 

Source: CENN, 2018-06-16

CENN takes pride in the success achieved by the EU-funded project, Water for the poor, in Kvemo Kartli and is actively cooperating with the municipalities concerning additional priority water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) issues.

The project has been under way in the region since December 2017. In order to identify WaSH problems in the region, a technical evaluation document was prepared for local stakeholders, providing essential recommendations for eradicating these problems. In particular, the document included more than ten target groups and identified the challenges related to water, sanitation and hygiene that occur at schools, kindergartens, medical centers and orphanages in Dmanisi, Tetritskaro, Marneuli and Tsalka. Furthermore, the report reflects the problem of faulty infrastructure, which is a serious obstacle in promoting and implementing WaSH standards.


A field visit, included as a part of the WaSH technical evaluation, revealed that a drinkable water supply system in the kindergarten building in Kizilaghjlo village was obsolete and outdated. The kindergarten administration had to boil water for drinking purposes on a daily basis in order for it to be safe to drink for schoolchildren and staff. In addition, there were no waste bins on the territory of the kindergarten, so the staff had to walk on foot to the central motorway to dispose of waste. There were also several illegal dumpsites in front of the building, thereby creating extremely unhygienic conditions. Furthermore, the infrastructure designed for the use of two Azeri-speaking groups did not comply with WaSH standards.

The project involved the local government, the Water Supply Company of Georgia and mandatary in order to effectively address the WaSH challenges faced by Kizilaghjlo kindergarten and its adjoining area. Thanks to the immediate response of the concerned agencies, Kizilaghjlo kindergarten was supplied with drinkable water by replacing outdated plumbing, waste-bins were installed in the yard and illegal dumpsites were removed from the territory.


Regarding compliance with the standards related to the infrastructure designed for the Azeri-speaking groups, the local municipality has expressed willingness to take action in this regard following the advocacy conducted under the project. The kindergarten building has already been included in the list of infrastructure projects and restoration works will be completed by September by the local municipality.

The school territory in the village Avralno (Tsalka municipality) was cleaned up and waste was removed from the area as a result of close cooperation with the municipality within the project. Currently, a fence is being installed to enclose the schools territory in order to protect the area from further littering, cattle wandering around, etc.

Lastly, CENN visited a public school in the village of Velispiri in Dmanisi municipality for the WaSH technical evaluation document. The schools roof had been ripped off due to strong winds and snow fell into classrooms, damaging school equipment and rest rooms. As a result of advocacy at local and national levels, the Ministry of Science and Education of Georgia and local resource centers immediately handled the issue.

The aforementioned initiatives are implemented by CENN within the EU-funded project, Water for the Poor, and "Georgia Community WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Initiative," financed by Global Water Challenge and The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF). whose main objective is to improve the living conditions of multi-ethnic communities and protect their health

Contact information:

Melano Tkabladze
Project Manager | CENN
t +995 32 275 19 03
m +995 595 11 97 03
melano.tkabladze@cenn.org
www.cenn.org

http://environment.cenn.org/wash/

#washgeorgia


30.6.2018 EU Supported Media Tour Took Pla

EU Supported Media Tour Took Place in Keda Municipality

 

Source: CENN, 2018-06-19

On June 12-15, EUs partner organisation CENN hosted a media tour in the municipality of Keda, Adjara AR under the EU-supported ENPARD project Keda Leader. Main objective of the tour was to promote local human and natural potential of Keda. Up to 20 representatives from different media outlets met with successful local entrepreneurs and visited cultural heritage and natural sites.

The participants of the media tour were introduced to the EUs support to Georgias agriculture and rural development under the ENPARD programme. In particular, the journalists were informed about the actions supported by EU within the ongoing rural development project in Keda.

In the framework of the tour, two training sessions were held on the topics of high interest for modern media: the editor in chief of the National Geographic Magazine Georgia, Natia Khuluzauri, discussed certain challenges regarding writing scientific articles in a popular manner, and the Radio Liberty journalist, George Gogua, discussed the relevance of on-the-go mobile media.

Now that the tour is over, participants are expected to present their creative and innovative visions of Keda in the form of articles, photo essays, TV and video reports, blogs, and vlogs, which will support the improvement of the touristic and investment climate in Keda Municipality.

The project, Keda Leader, is implemented with the financial support from the EU by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and the 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 179.5 million (2013-2022). The main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge


30.6.2018 Green Festival at Krtsanisi Park

Green Festival at Krtsanisi Park

 

Source: CENN, 2018-06-20


On June 16, Krtsanisi Park hosted a Green Festival.

Via the festivals educational, music, sports and start-up zones, lovers of active leisure and recreational areas were introduced to interesting and fun activities, such as entertaining environmental games, quizzes with prizes, a flea market, an upcycling workshop, discussions about waste management and biodiversity, contact zoo, frisbee, badminton, yoga, etc.

At the end of the festival, organizers and volunteers cleaned up waste from the festival area together.

The main objective of the festival was to popularize and protect the territory of the park. Although a 200-hectare long territory of the park allows visitors to rest and enjoy nature without leaving the city limits, the park still doesnt have the status of a protected area and a very small number of city residents know about this beautiful place. Park visitors include professional and amateur photographers who visit the park to take pictures of unique birds.

Unfortunately, the parks biodiversity also attracts poachers, greenfields-sheep, and people seeking firewood for their personal use. Furthermore, the park is not taken care of and is littered with different types of waste.

Its been more than a year since local and central government representatives discussed the status and the different models of future development for the park together with specialists. Within this time the park has become a popular place for youth and festival hosts.

Local youth and volunteers from Tbilisi and Rustavi organized the Green Festival in Krtsanisi Park, together with CENNs two ongoing programs, Sustainable Forest Governance in Georgia Phase II, funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), and Waste Management Technology in Regions, Phase II, funded by USAID.

A bit more about the festival venue:

Krtsanisi Park is a unique recreational zone between Tbilisi and Rustavi. We the volunteers and local eco-clubs take care of its maintenance and further development. You are more than welcome to join us!


30.6.2018 Keda LAG Developed the First Dra

Keda LAG Developed the First Draft of Local Development Strategy together with Sectoral Groups

 

Source: CENN, 2018-06-27


From June 4-8, the Keda LAG, under the EU-supported ENPARD programme implemented by CENN, hosted workshops with different sector groups.

During the first stage of the workshop, the groups were presented with the results of regional analysis in different objectives carried out in the framework of the project, and, based on this analysis; the resources and potential of the region have been identified.

Based on the regional analysis, participants discussed the priority objectives of the local development strategy in Keda and elaborated the result-oriented action plan. Following strategic directions have been identified:
 

  • Diversification of economic activity in rural areas through SME and tourism development;

  • Development of Climate Smart Agriculture;

  • Environmental Protection, Natural Resourse Management and Disaster Risk Management;

  • Support the participation of youth and women in the Rural Development Process.

Based on the LDS innovative projects will be financed and implemented in Keda Municipality. The final version on strategy will publish in the end of July 2018.

The project, Keda Leader, is implemented with the financial support from the EU by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and the 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 179.5 million (2013-2022). The main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.

     

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