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>> Avranlo Public School Without Trash
Avranlo Public School Without Tr
Avranlo Public School Without Trash
The WASH Technical Assessment field visits revealed that the Avranlo Public
School in Tsalka Municipality had a problem with a poorly-functioning toilet, as
well as an illegal dumpsite on the school’s premises. As the school’s fence was
demolished, the yard was unprotected from livestock polluting the school’s
territory and the local population using an area on the school’s premises as an
illegal dumpsite. This has gone on for more than 20 years without formidable
The school administration had to resolve the aforementioned problems itself. The
situation was worsened by the fact that there were no trash bins located at the
school or in the village. The school’s administration was forced to dispose of
the trash in Tsalka Municipality.
Within the project, Georgia Community WASH Initiative to Eliminate Inequalities
in Access to Water and Sanitation in Vulnerable Multi-Ethnic Rural Communities,
the local municipality, community leaders and the infrastructure agency got
involved in order to solve the aforementioned problems. The response was swift;
the Communal Service cleaned up Avranlo Public School ‘s yard as well as the
illegal dumpsite, and the infrastructural agency is planning to fill up the
dumpsite’s hole so it can’t be used again. In addition, the school’s terrritory
is being measured to install fences and the village plans to receive trash bins.
The project, Georgia Community WASH Initiative to Eliminate Inequalities in
Access to Water and Sanitation in Vulnerable Multi-Ethnic Rural Communities, is
financed by the New World Program, which is facilitated by the 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.
A Conference Important Forest Ma
A Conference Important Forest
On July 4, CENN, along with the Minister of Environment Protection and
Agriculture and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Austria,
hosted the concluding conference of the Project - Sustainable Forest Governance
The invited Austrian, Slovenian and Georgian experts presented their documents
regarding key forestry objectives, including the institutional and
financial-economical models existing under the merging process of the ministries
of Environmental Protection and Agriculture.
The heads of the institutions have expressed their positions regarding the
transformation of the forestry agency, agreed upon with the Environmental
Protection and Natural Resources Committee of Georgia. In particular, according
to the current vision, the National Forestry Agency will be established as a
non-entrepreneurial legal entity instead of a legal entity of private law.
International experts also offered an integrated model of forest management,
which implies the separation of public and commercial services under one
The conference participants were also presented with the plan for the
restoration of Borjomi forest soil and DRR, the zoning map of natural disasters
of Georgian forests, the new tourist hiking route and an educational program for
the development of sustainable development goals at the community level.
The main message of the conference for the Government of Georgia is to improve
the existing schemes of inter-agency coordination, which is a necessary
condition for solving problems in the field and building capacities, as well as
for the implementation of the Association Agreement with the European Union.
documents can be seen below:
An Institutional Model and Action Plan for Management of Recreational Forests in
EU-supported Workshops to Presen
EU-supported Workshops to Present
Human Capital Analysis Results was held for Local Stakeholders in Keda
KEDA. July 02 - 10, 2018 – Up to 160 local stakeholders, including 146 members
of 9 communities, 10 representatives of LAG Board and Mayor of Keda, attended 10
workshops and one meeting with the goal to solicit feedback on the human capital
analysis results in in Keda municipality of Ajara. The workshops and the
meeting, carried out under the EU’s ENPARD project “Optimizing the Potential of
Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality (Keda LEADER)”, was
implemented by the Center of Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG),
the partner organization of CENN.
The agenda of each workshop included presentation of the study results as well
as sharing a feedback from the workshop participants to reflect in the final
report of the Human Capital Analysis. The study contains information on
social-economic condition, infrastructure, organizational development level,
local interests and interest groups at each administrative unit in Keda
municipality. Ten to twenty participants attended each workshop. The community
representatives participating in workshops noted that the results of the study
mainly reflects realities in Keda municipality. Some comments from the
participants, related to the content of the study will be considered while
finalizing the study report.
Besides other results in local socio-economic factors, the study revealed that
the main development area where local citizens have some experience and see
their development perspective is predominantly agriculture and tourism. Youth
migration, after completing the school education was revealed as a problem. Main
reason for internal (e.g. Batumi and Tbilisi) and external (predominantly
seasonally to Turkey) migration is a result of the lack of local opportunities
to continue education or start relatively well paid job. According to the desk
research, in January 2018, the percentage of citizens in Keda receiving social
support from the government (27.5%) was the second highest in Adjara (Khulo is
the first in that regard with 29.8%).
As it shows the main needs and local development areas from the local citizens’
perspective, the results of human capital analysis will be considered by LAG and
other stakeholders while elaborating Local Development Strategy of Keda
municipality, as well as other intervention and monitoring and evaluation plans.
“The results of the study are realistic and will serve us as a basis to plan our
future activities to improve the general condition of people in all directions.
Moreover, it will be baseline to evaluate our interventions in several years” –
said Levan Gorgiladze, Mayor of Keda.
The study was executed by the research team of four members and nine
interviewers, one for each community. It combined the desk research, qualitative
(in-depth interviews and focus groups) and quantitative methods (interviewer
administered questionnaires). 64 people, from different social groups were
involved via qualitative and 292 via quantitative methods in the study.
The EU-supported ENPARD project is implemented by 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
(ÖIR). The project aims at diversifying the local economic activities, improving
investment climate, and empowering competitive agricultural and environmental
practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning of rural
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, 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 and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic
opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More
information on ENPARD is available at:
WASH Council Performance Improve
WASH Council Performance
From 9 – 13 July 2018, for the first time in Georgia, WASH Councils and other
stakeholders from the Kakheti and Kvemo Kartli regions undertook extensive
one-week trainings about a number of issues that benefit their future work in
WASH. The event took place at Bulachauri Green Centre. The trainings included
such topics that would increase their capacity and knowledge to effectively
operate in the water and sanitation field and enable them to swiftly carry out
projects in a way that would meet the WASH standards that are lacking in their
respective municipalities and give participants the skills to lobby their
interests in their regions.
The trainings were carried out by experienced experts and included the following
• WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
• Waste Management
• Gender and Water Management
• WASH and Human Rights
• Project Management
The format of the trainings were interactive and correspond with the pilot
projects that the WASH Councils are to carry out. The pilot projects are to be
based on the WASH Assessment conducted in respective hotspots in the target
regions. Furthermore, the WASH Councils that represent each of their
municipalities had an opportunity to work together, get to know each other, and
develop joint cross-cutting ideas in order to form a basis for future
partnership and cooperation. At the end of the trainings, the participants were
awarded with certificates to highlight their involvement in the week-long
training, received USB flash drives that contained all the presentations and
literature on every topic and received t-shirts designed specifically for the
The trainings were organized by CENN within the framework of the following
projects: “Georgia Community WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Initiative”
and “Water for the Poor.” Along with other activities, the projects plan to
increase WASH Council capacities according to their needs. The main objectives
of the projects are to promote health care and suitable living conditions for
socially vulnerable communities, prevent discrimination, provide access to
water, and establish WASH standards by engaging respective stakeholders.
The project, "Georgia Community WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
Initiative," is implemented by CENN with support from the Global Water Challenge
and The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF).
The project, “Water for the Poor,” is implemented by CENN and financially
supported by the EU.
Media Tour to Forests of Khashur
Media Tour to Forests of Khashuri
Forests specialists visited the forests of the village Brili of Khashuri
municipality together with representatives of local media. During the trip the
journalists were informed about the problems of local forests by Mr. Giorgi
Kitkitadze, forestry specialist and the local forester of the National Forestry
According to the foresters, certain sections of Brili forests have been clear
cut about twenty years ago. As a result, these areas are completely deforested.
To assess the condition of forests, within the framework of Global Forest Watch
project CENN has visited the Khashuri-Kareli forest district one year ago.
According to the specialist, the situation has not been changed.
The process of natural regeneration is observed in the Brili forests. Mr. Giorgi
Kitkitadze stresses the need of intervention in support of forest regeneration
„The quantity of young trees is not sufficient. To accelerate the process of
forest regeneration, relevant measures should be implemented, otherwise the
forest will need 30-40 years to regenerate”.
According to Mr. Giorgi Kitkitadze, thinned areas of forest adjacent to Brili
can be easily observed even with naked eye. The process of regeneration is very
slow due to intensive forest harvesting.
The situation is further aggravated by illegal forest harvesting in
Khashuri-Kareli forest sites. According to Mr. Vladimer Saralidze, head of
forestry service, the National Forestry Agency implements regular monitoring of
forest sites and takes necessary measures against violations.
“We take all required measures to fight against illegal forest harvesting, we
have drawn up protocols on administrative offenses against violators of the law.
As for the monitoring of forest sites, local foresters and representatives of
supervision department are carrying out routine patrols”, - says Mr. Vladimer
Within the one-day media tour the journalists developed various media products.
Photo and video materials that had been obtained as a result of aerial shooting
gave the specialists and media representative the opportunity to observe Brili
forest from different perspectives.
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