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>> EBRD provides 28 million to rehabilitate Georgias Enguri HPP
>> Georgia: EU supports modernisation of Enguri hydro power plant
>> EU announces new support to agricultural sector in Georgia
>> Georgian Parliament Unveils First Comprehensive Review of Gender Equality Legislation and Policies



31.1.2018 EBRD provides 28 million to reh

EBRD provides 28 million to rehabilitate Georgias Enguri HPP

 

Source: agenda.ge, 2018-01-05

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is offering 28 million to help Georgia rehabilitate Enguri Hydro Power Plant (HPP).

The Enguri HPP is a hydroelectric dam on the Enguri River in western Georgia. It is believed to be the world's second highest concrete arch dam, reaching a height of 271.5 metres. The National Agency for Protection of Cultural Heritage granted the Enguri arched dam the national status of cultural heritage for the purpose of development of the countrys industrial capacity.

While the Enguri dam is under rehabilitation to make it a tourist zone, which will include a scientific center, open concert space, components for extreme sports, a glass elevator and other facilities, the new EBRD loan will also help to improve the climatic conditions on the HPP territory.

The agreement was signed within the Enguri HPP Climate Resilience Upgrade project.

The project aims to make improvements to the Enguri HPP to alleviate critical power shortages in Georgia at a low cost and to enhance the environmental benefits of the Enguri HPP facility.

The project generally aims to:

Increase the availability of non-polluting renewable energy in the country; and Improve operational safety of the Enguri power facility.


31.1.2018 A Waste Separation Corner Opened

Georgia: EU supports modernisation of Enguri hydro power plant

 

Source: euneighbours.eu, 2018-01-10

On 10 January, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development announced the allocation of a 28 million loan for the modernisation and rehabilitation of the Enguri hydro power plant, the largest electricity supplier in Georgia.

An additional 7 million grant was allocated by the European Union and a 450,000 technical cooperation grant was provided by the Austrian DRIVE fund. These grants will support the establishment of a coordination initiative covering the Enguri river valley and assist Georgia in its alignment with EU standards.

The Enguri hydro power plant is located in the Enguri river basin, which supplies 40 per cent of Georgias electricity and significantly contributes to economic development and energy security.

It is expected that these investments will ensure the continued safe operation of the plant, increase overall electricity production, enable climate resilience upgrades and reduce CO2 emissions. It also allows Georgia to reduce its dependence on electricity from fossil fuels and reduce the import of expensive natural gas and increase energy security by replacing natural gas with renewable domestic hydropower.


31.1.2018 EU announces new support to agri

EU announces new support to agricultural sector in Georgia

 

Source: euneighbours.eu, 2018-01-25

The EU has announced the launch of a new agriculture development project in Georgia under the third phase of the EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD), implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The agreement for the five-year long project was signed on 24 January in the Georgian capital Tbilisi.

The 12 million project will aim to make Georgias agricultural sector more competitive. This will be done by assisting farmers and rural entrepreneurs through improved access to finance, better services and other support to farmers, rural households, agricultural cooperatives and other rural small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It also includes the provision of individual grants to small farmers, rural entrepreneurs, cooperatives and SMEs for investments to improve their overall competitiveness.

The project will also work to improve the capacity of the countrys Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture to assist with effective policy-making and implementation of the Strategy for Agricultural Development 2015-2020, ENPARD said in a press release.

The EU is supporting rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD programme. Implemented since 2013, the programme aims to reduce rural poverty in the country. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second phase focused on creating economic opportunities for the rural population that go beyond agricultural activities.


31.1.2018 Georgian Parliament Unveils Firs

Georgian Parliament Unveils First Comprehensive Review of Gender Equality Legislation and Policies

 

Source: undp.org, 2018-01-30

The Georgian Parliament's review of gender inequality in legislation and policy recommends policy and legislative changes to help stop sexual harassment and violence against women, effectively fight discrimination, increase women's participation in government, and economically empower women, among other reforms.

Nine fields of Georgias legislation and policy were analysed for their compliance to the principles of gender equality. The baseline research Gender Equality in Georgia: Barriers and Recommendations was carried out by the Gender Equality Council of the Parliament of Georgia with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Government of Sweden, under the UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and East-West Management Institute, under the USAID-funded initiative Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG).

Key findings of this comprehensive study were released on January 30, 2018, at a conference attended by representatives of the Georgian Government, Parliament, civil society and international organizations.

 

Read more at:

http://www.ge.undp.org/content/georgia/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2018/01/30/georgian-parliament-unveils-first-comprehensive-review-of-gender-equality-legislation-and-policies-.html

     

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