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News From CENN >>
>> A Large-scale Environmental Campaign, Keep Georgia Beautiful, Goes on
>> It is time for Christmas Flea Markets
>> Mission Director visits Zugo Ltd
>> Keep Georgia Beautiful Already in Gori Now
>> Fire-Stricken Borjomi Valley in Anticipation of a Disaster
>> Christmas Competition, My Christmas Tree, Came to a Close
>> The LAG Members in Keda Municipality are getting ready for the Elections
>> Exhibition of Hand-Made Christmas Trees and Accessories in Telavi
>> CENN Statement On Government Reaction to Forrest Felling



31.12.2017 A Large-scale Environmental Camp

A Large-scale Environmental Campaign, Keep Georgia Beautiful, Goes on

 

Source: CENN, 2017-12-05

On December 1, 12:00, the area of Krtsanisi Park was cleaned up within Keep Georgia Beautiful, a large-scale environmental campaign. CENN has taken responsibility for maintenance of cleanliness of the area. The campaign is implemented within a USAID-funded Waste Management Technologies in Regions, Phase II (WMTR II) implemented by CENN.

Keep Georgia Beautiful campaign is aimed at involvement of private companies, NGOs and governmental agencies, local residents and any other stakeholder in sustaining of a clean and green environment in Georgia. The first event of the campaign was held on October 7 when memorandum of understanding was signed between CENN and East European University. East European University was the first institution that engaged in the campaign and took responsibility for the cleanliness of the garden adjacent to the University.

Within the project, CENN employees along with students of Public Schools # 153 and 169 and students of the Environmental Club of Ilia State University cleaned up Krtsanisi Park area on December 1. This was followed by installation of banners on the area to prevent its further pollution.

About Keep Georgia Beautiful campaign:

Keep Georgia Beautiful campaign calls for private companies, non-governmental organizations and governmental agencies, local residents and other stakeholders to support the development of a responsible attitude and implementation of green activities in their everyday lives.

Within Keep Georgia Beautiful campaign, interested organizations and persons can select a specific area and assume responsibility for its cleanliness and further care. After area identification, with CENN support, initial cleaning of the area will take place, banner will be installed to inform public of the organization responsible for cleanliness of the area. Adoption of the area by an organization implies conducting monitoring of its cleanliness and repeated cleaning activities as necessary.


31.12.2017 It is time for Christmas Flea Ma

It is time for Christmas Flea Markets

 

Source: CENN, 2017-12-05

Waste Management Technology in Regions, phase II, WMTR II, participated at IWA Winter Fair for the very first time in the venue of Radisson Blu Hotel on December 2, Saturday.

Many beautiful hand-made Christmas accessories made by school and university students from reused materials were presented at our counter in the framework of WMTR II competition My Christmas Tree. All the income from this exhibition-sale was given to the Dog Organization Georgia.

Due to diversity and a large number of works provided by the participants, the competition will continue until 13 December. After the completion of the second phase of the contest, the works of selected participants will be exhibited in Telavi, where participants will attend the workshop about reusing old stuff creatively.

For those who couldnt manage to see and buy our Christmas accessories on December 2, you can still join us on 23-24 December at Christmas Fair in Fabrica, where WMTR II will also have a counter.

About My Christmas Tree

Christmas competition, My Christmas Tree, intended for school and university students and other creative-minded individuals took place in October and November within Waste Management Technologies in Regions, Phase II (WMTR II).

The competition was aimed at promoting public involvement in environmental activities, launching initiatives and development of creative vision among youth, promoting the re-use concept and organizing a Christmas fair for charity purposes.

Under the rules of competition, anyone could send photos of their hand-made Christmas accessories made from old items. The photos were then uploaded on a Facebook page of WMTR II program.

The first phase of the above competition ended on November 26. Based on the number of likes collected by the authors of photos and on the quality of the produced items, 20 participants were selected for a trip to Bulachauri Green Centre to prepare even more Christmas accessories from the old stuff. For detailed information and updates, please check our Facebook page: WMTR II Program.

WMTR II program is implemented by CENN with the support of USAID.


31.12.2017 It is time for Christmas Flea Ma

Mission Director visits Zugo Ltd

 

Source: CENN, 2017-12-08

On 6 December 2017, USAID/Georgia Mission Director Douglas Ball visited Zugo Ltd., a plastic bag recycling company in Batumi, which is one of WMTR beneficiaries. Mr. Ball observed and evaluated the operating process of the enterprise.

Zugo Ltd is the plastic bag recycling company in Georgia located in Batumi, Adjara AR. In 2017, the company received equipment within WMTR program grant component, which gave the company an opportunity to efficiently implement plastic bag recycling and train its personnel how to properly manage the above equipment. The company has recycled 35,000 kg of plastic bags so far. The companys operations mainly cover West Georgia. Presently, approximately 20 individuals are employed by the company in the field of recycling.

Please see the link to see the video.


31.12.2017 Keep Georgia Beautiful Already

Keep Georgia Beautiful Already in Gori Now

 

Source: CENN, 2017-12-14

The surroundings of Gorijvari Monastery were cleaned on December 12 in the scope of a large-scale environmental campaign, Keep Georgia Beautiful. Sports Schools Association of Gori Municipality, a non-entrepreneurial (non-commercial) legal entity, undertook responsibility for keeping the territory clean under the Memorandum of Understanding signed with CENN. Keep Georgia Beautiful is implemented within Waste Management Technology in Regions, Phase II (WMTR II) implemented by CENN with the support of USAID.

Keep Georgia Beautiful is aimed at involvement of private companies, NGOs, governmental agencies, local residents and any other stakeholders in maintaining clean and green environment in Georgia.

Within the campaign, CENN employees along with the staff and sportsmen of Sports Schools Association of Gori Municipality cleaned up the territory adjoining Gorijvari Monastery, following which a banner was installed on the area to prevent further littering.

About Keep Georgia Beautiful campaign:

Keep Georgia Beautiful campaign calls for private companies, non-governmental organizations and governmental agencies, local residents and other stakeholders to support the development of a responsible attitude and implementation of green activities in their everyday lives.

Within Keep Georgia Beautiful campaign, interested organizations and persons can select a specific area and assume responsibility for its cleanliness and further care. After area identification, with CENN support, initial cleaning of the area will take place, banner will be installed to inform public of the organization responsible for cleanliness of the area. Adoption of the area by an organization implies conducting monitoring of its cleanliness and repeated cleaning activities as necessary.

About the program:

The WMTR II program assists the Government of Georgia (GoG) in modernization of the countrys waste management sector and supports sustainable development and inclusive economic growth by implementation of waste separation and recycling practices. The program mainstreams innovative approaches, applies new technologies, and streamlines strong partnerships to solve development challenges.

WMTR II conducts its activities in three regions of Georgia Kakheti, Shida Kartli, Adjara AR and Tbilisi in the four main focus areas:

Implementation of an Integrated Waste Management System;
Private Sector-Led Recycling;
Illegal Dumping Penalties and Tariff Policy;
Public Outreach

WMTR II program is implemented by Caucasus Environmental NGO Network with the support of USAID.

For additional information, visit http://environment.cenn.org/


31.12.2017 Fire-Stricken Borjomi Valley in

Fire-Stricken Borjomi Valley in Anticipation of a Disaster

 

Source: CENN, 2017-12-15

The risks of natural disasters could double in spring of 2018. Specialists predict an alarming situation and state that immediate measures are to be taken in order to avoid the anticipated disasters. In 2010, village Daba barely survived a devastating disaster. National Environmental Agency called for implementation of urgent preventive measures yet eight years ago. The repeated fire aggravated the already severe situation in the valley even more.

On 23 September 2017, within Global Forest Watch project, CENN conducted a field visit to Borjomi Valley. Within the field visit, an expert group evaluated the outcomes of a six-day fire that took place in Borjomi Forest, soil condition and the geodynamic processes taking place in the disaster zone. Some initial reports were prepared and recommendations were given based on visual assessment. The aforementioned project is implemented by World Resources Institute (WRI) with the support of UNEP/GEF.

According to the findings of experts group, the situation in Borjomi Valley is severe and requires special attention. As a result, of the repeated fire, disaster risk factors have particularly increased. The forest fire that took place in the period of August 20-26 spread on the area of 753 hectares where 525 hectares was burnt for the second time, with the fire totally destroying the trees that had survived the precious fire, which took place in 2008.

For more information, please see the following link.


31.12.2017 Christmas Competition

Christmas Competition, My Christmas Tree, Came to a Close

 

Source: CENN, 2017-12-15

Receipt of materials created by participants of My Christmas Tree competition organized by Waste Management Technologies in Regions, Phase II (WMTR II) came to a close.

Christmas competition intended for school and university students and other creative-minded individuals was conducted by the initiative of WMTR II in October and November 2017.

The competition was aimed at promoting public involvement in environmental activities, launching initiatives and development of creative vision among youth, promoting the re-use concept and organizing a Christmas fair for charity purposes.
Under the rules of competition, anyone could send photos of their hand-made Christmas accessories made from old items. The photos were then uploaded on a Facebook page of WMTR II program. Students of various schools and universities throughout Georgia took part in the competition, though most of the participants were applicants from WMTR II target regions: Shida Kartli, Adjara AR, Kakheti and Tbilisi.

The first phase of the above competition ended on November 26. Based on the number of likes and the quality of prepared items, 20 selected participants took a trip to Bulachauri Green Centre to prepare even more Christmas accessories from the old stuff. These accessories were exhibited and sold at a charity exhibition-sale event on December 2, all the income of which was given to Dog Organization Georgia.

Due to diversity and a large number of works provided by participants, the second phase was added to the competition and lasted to December 13. After completion of the second phase, a hand-made items exhibition will be held on December 15, at 13:00, where the items of the selected participants will be exhibited. Within this competition, a workshop will be conducted for students on creative re-making of old stuff. Also, a charity exhibition-sale event will be held for the above items on December 23, this time already in Tbilisi, within the Christmas Fair organized by Fabricka hotel.

WMTR II thanks all participants for their involvement. Because of the interest and involvement demonstrated this year, the competition will be conducted on a larger scale next year too.

For detailed information and updates, check our Facebook page: WMTR II Program.

WMTR II is implemented by CENN with the support of USAID.

For additional information, visit http://environment.cenn.org/


31.12.2017 The LAG Members in Keda Municipa

The LAG Members in Keda Municipality are getting ready for the Elections

 

Source: CENN, 2017-12-15

The LAG Members in Keda Municipality are getting ready for the elections of LAG Board Members.

On December 12, 2017 CENN together with its partner organization Institute of Democracy organized a meeting with LAG members. The aim of the meeting was to present the pre-election programs developed by the LAG Board Member Candidates to the LAG members, also to introduce the election procedures.

The 15 members of LAG Board will be elected by Local Action Group members through ballot voting principle. The election will take place on December 24, 2017 in Keda Municipality.

In total 266 applicants expressed their interest to become LAG member. Out of this 40% are women. The sectors among the applicants 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 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 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 (OIR).

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


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31.12.2017 Exhibition of Hand-Made Christma

Exhibition of Hand-Made Christmas Trees and Accessories in Telavi

 

Source: CENN, 2017-12-19

On December 15, an exhibition of Christmas accessories made by the participants of WMTR II program competition, My Christmas Tree was held at Public School #2 of Telavi. Not only had the participants and guests the opportunity to view the exhibition, but also to take part in a workshop on preparation of new accessories from old items.

Exhibition opened at 13:00 and continued from 13:30 by a workshop on preparation of hand-made Christmas accessories. Attendance at the workshop was free of charge for all interested individuals.

Christmas items exhibition was conducted within My Christmas Tree competition under Waste Management Technologies in Region, Phase II.

The goal of the competition was to promote the idea of saving the resources and reuse of items in public. According to the conditions of the competition, any interested person could be send photos of new Christmas accessories made of old items that would be uploaded on WMTR II Facebook web-site. Based on the photos, 20 participants were selected on the first phase of the competition who prepared even more Christmas accessories in the Green Center of Bulachauri on November 29-30, 2017. A charity Christmas sale and exhibition of the above accessories was conducted on December 2, 2017. The received funds was granted to Dog Organization Georgia.

WMTR II will continue charity sale and exhibition of the Christmas accessories prepared at Telavi workshop on December 15. It will be held on December 23, 2017 on the premises of Fabricka Hotel at 8, Ninoshvili Street in Tbilisi.


31.12.2017 CENN Statement On Government Rea

CENN Statement On Government Reaction to Forrest Felling

 

Source: CENN, 2017-12-22

On 21 December 2017, the Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili named illegal wood production as one of the most important challenges. He also noted that the Government of Georgia recognizes this challenge and condemns such acts. Furthermore, the government plans to, on the one hand, tighten control and, on the other hand, timely create necessary alternatives.


CENN emphasizes the great importance of the position of the Government of Georgia and believes that the Prime Minister's appeal is in full compliance with the forms and scope of the government response required by the current challenges in the forestry and energy sectors. The urgency and the priority of the issue is due to the following circumstances:


Consumption of Georgia's forests for social and energy purposes is four times higher than legally allocated volumes and dramatically exceeds the potential of sustainable use of the country's main natural resources.


This is demonstrated by the research carried out using the methodology coordinated with state agencies. The findings of the research reveal that 400 thousand families living in regions of Georgia (excluding Adjara) consume more than 2,400,000 m of firewood per year. Firewood is mostly consumed by the private sector, budgetary organizations and churches. In order to satisfy this demand on firewood, the state will allocate 600,000 m of firewood resources on average, which is only 25-30% of the total demand. The remaining part is obtained illegally without adherence to any norms at easily accessible areas. Due to this, mountain forest ecosystem with high conservation value is irreversibly degraded. Erosion and abrasion processes are developing in the forests. Landslides, mudflows, raging mountain torrents and avalanches cause damage to the population, state infrastructure and economy. Human victims are frequent. The number of eco-migrants increases. Degradation of forest ecosystems and catchment basins results in such grave environmental problems such as drying of rivers and pollution and deficiency of drinking water. Forests in large cities are destroyed in drinking water basins, including those in Tbilisi. The situation is quite severe in resort areas. The biodiversity of world importance is in danger. In the long run, adjacent priority sectors, in particular, agriculture and hydropower are under the risk. Basic natural resource and economic development potential is gradually lost.
Along with the irrational wood production, consumption is extremely ineffective, which adversely affects human health. According to research conducted by International Energy Agency, Georgia has the highest death rate due to air pollution.


The research indicates that the reason for that is the usage of solid fuels/firewood, which causes a high level of air pollution inside the building. The World Health Organization also provides a list of diseases that are associated with this kind of air pollution and endanger human life.


CENN shares the position of the Government of Georgia on the need for qualitative changes in the forest sector and believes that in order to achieve these objectives the establishment of the proper coordinating mechanism is inevitable. Along with such mechanism, there is a need for establishment of a comprehensive approach to ensure environmental protection, social and energy security, education and awareness raising, technology development, demand for alternatives and stimulation of production.
At this stage, CENN, with the financial support of the Austrian Cooperation Development (ADC) and under the patronage of forest management agencies, is preparing a state plan for providing heating resources for the population and budgetary organizations in which the list of events will be directly defined by the state authorities, in particular by the sectoral agencies.


At the same time, there is an ongoing working process of synchronizing forest management system with the state priorities to reduce social and energy pressure. Besides, there is the need to establish institutional and financial-economic models that ensures the growth of its financial and economic potential.


We think that such approaches will significantly contribute to the systematically proper management and coordination mechanisms of forest resources.


CENN supports the position of the Head of the Government and plans to organize a high-level coordination meeting in the nearest future where the representatives of the Government of Georgia, as well as international and civil society organizations will be invited.

     

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