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30.9.2018 Georgia

Georgia: Rural women from Keda municipality participate in international harvest festival in Armenia

 

Source: euneighbours.eu, 2018-09-19

Five successful women from the Keda Local Action Group in Georgia recently participated in two international events in neighbouring Armenia thanks to EU support.

They joined a further 100 women from different countries who gathered in Yerevan for a conference on ôWomen in Agricultureö and a ôHarvest Festival of Rural Life and Traditionsö.

The Georgian women also attended an organic farm and Ĺgreen centreĺ on the outskirts of the Armenian capital. On their way back to Georgia they visited the village of Khashtarak, where a beneficiary of the EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD Armenia) presented her raspberry garden and shared her experience of joining the Rural Women Council. The council was established in the framework of the ôStrengthening and Engagement of Rural Women in Natural Resources Management in the South Caucasus Countriesö project.

The EU supports rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD programme. In Keda Municipality, it aims to diversify local economic activities, improve the investment climate, and empower competitive agricultural and environmental practices via bottom-up strategic planning in rural development.


30.9.2018 Sustainable management of Machak

Sustainable management of Machakhela National Park benefits local communities

 

Source: euneighbours.eu, 2018-09-21

Journalists from the lead Georgian print and broadcasting media visited the National Park and nearby villages, learning about a complex assistance provided by UNDP and the Global Environmental Fund (GEF).

The media tour participants met Munkhtuya Altangerel, Deputy Head of UNDP in Georgia, and Toma Dekanoidze, Deputy Head of the Agency of Protected Areas. They also interviewed representatives of the Machakhela National Park administration and residents of the Machakheli gorge villages ľ Chkhutuneti, Ajara Aghmarti, Tskhemlara and Chikuneti.

A four-year initiative in the Machakheli gorge promoted sustainable management of the Ajara protected areas and local economic growth of the villages located in a support zone of the Machakhela National Park. UNDP and GEF initiative also laid the ground to the potential cooperation between the Ajara protected areas and Jamili Biosphere Reserve in Turkey that together form a chain of unique natural reserves established to protect Colchis forests.

Read more at:
http://www.ge.undp.org/content/georgia/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2018/machakhela-media-tour.html


30.9.2018 Discussing gender equality in lo

Discussing gender equality in local economic development

 

Source: ge.undp.org, 2018-09-24

Over 150 women members of local councils from all regions of Georgia met representatives of the Government, Parliament, civil society and international community at the 5th annual conference of Women Councillorsĺ Forum. The participants discussed gender equality aspects of local economic development and challenges for municipalities in the light of current preschool education reform.

The event was opened by Tamar Chugoshvili, First Vice Speaker and Chairperson of the Gender Equality Council of the Parliament of Georgia; Munkhtuya Altangerel, Deputy Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia; Mzia Giorgobiani, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia; and Elisabet Brandberg, First Secretary/Deputy Head of Development Cooperation, Embassy of Sweden in Georgia.

Tamar Chugoshvili stressed the importance of inclusive policies that would increase participation of women in both, politics and economy at the local level.

Read more at:
http://www.ge.undp.org/content/georgia/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2018/women-councillors-forum.html


30.9.2018 Georgia and EU discuss regional

Georgia and EU discuss regional development at conference

 

Source: euneighbours.eu, 2018-09-25

On 21 September, the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia organised an international conference to discuss the latest achievements in and perspectives for regional development policy in the country.

Regional policy in Georgia is now gaining momentum as an important area of cooperation under the Association Agreement and the Single Support Framework 2017ľ2020, which define the priorities for EU support in Georgia.

During the event, the results of the countryĺs Regional Development Programme 2015ľ2017, as well as the programme for 2018ľ2021, were discussed. The participants also reviewed the concept for the EU-supported Pilot Integrated Regional Development Programme, to be implemented in four regions in Georgia (Kacheti, Imereti, Racha Lechumi and Guria).

Supported by the EU, the conference was attended by high-level representatives of the Government of Georgia, European Commission, eminent researchers and practitioners from Georgia and several EU countries, Ministries, Governorsĺ Offices, the EU Delegation to Georgia, donor organisations present in the country, civil society representatives and other stakeholders.

     

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