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31.7.2018 Avranlo Public School Without Tr

Avranlo Public School Without Trash


Source: CENN, 2018-07-04

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 action.
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.

31.7.2018 A Conference Important Forest Ma

A Conference Important Forest Management Issues


Source: CENN, 2018-07-06

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 in Georgia.

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 ministry.

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.

The discussed documents can be seen below:

An Institutional Model and Action Plan for Management of Recreational Forests in Georgia

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31.7.2018 EU-supported Workshops to Presen

EU-supported Workshops to Present Human Capital Analysis Results was held for Local Stakeholders in Keda


Source: CENN, 2018-07-17

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 development.

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:

31.7.2018 WASH Council Performance Improve

WASH Council Performance Improvement Week


Source: CENN, 2018-07-18

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 topics:

• WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
• Waste Management
• Gender and Water Management
• WASH and Human Rights
• Project Management
• Budgeting

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 WASH Councils.

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.

31.7.2018 Media Tour to Forests of Khashur

Media Tour to Forests of Khashuri


Source: CENN, 2018-07-27

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 Agency.

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 and says:

„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 Saralidze.

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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