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News From CENN >>
>> On May 18, Europe Day was celebrated in Keda
>> Gori State Teaching University became a Devoted Ambassador of Keep Georgia Beautiful
>> Let’s End Plastic Pollution Together
>> The Interested Parties Discussed WASH Priorities and Needs in the Region
>> EU-supported Training on Organizational Management for LAG Board Members was held in Keda
>> WASH Councils were Established in Kvemo Kartli
>> Modern Standards for Pruning and Shaping Trees in Tbilisi
>> The Amount of Plastic Waste Worldwide
>> Trainings at Eco-hubs: Green Specialist – A Profession that Fits You
>> Join Us to Keep Georgia Beautiful
>> A Series of Trainings about Waste Management Challenges and Opportunities Continue
>> International Support for the Restoration of Edible Chestnut Forest Stands



31.5.2018 On May 18

On May 18, Europe Day was celebrated in Keda

 

Source: CENN, 2018-05-24

Guests who attended the event were able to be acquainted with local handmade items, paintings and thematic works were performed by schoolchildren, and information corners from the projects in Keda municipality, guesthouses, local folk dance and song ensembles were presented during the event.

Europe Day in Keda was organized by Keda Municipality, the Information Center on NATO and EU in partnership with CENN’s program Keda Leader, Keda LAG, the Institute for Democracy, Education and Adult Center, Keda Resource Center and Culture Center.

The project Keda Leader is implemented with the financial support from the EU 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 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 (2013-2022), the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge

Media Contact:

• Tamar Khuntsaria
Team Leader, ENPARD Communication Unit
+995 595 98 99 16
tamar.k@actionprgroup.com


• Nino Gaprindashvili
CENN Project Manager
+995 593 92 48 44
nino.gaprindashvili@cenn.org


31.5.2018 Gori State Teaching University b

Gori State Teaching University became a Devoted Ambassador of Keep Georgia Beautiful

 

Source: CENN, 2018-05-29

#KeepGeorgiaBeautiful

On May 24, Gori State Teaching University became a Devoted Ambassador of the Keep Georgia Beautiful campaign. Gori University students and staff cleaned up and took on the responsibility for maintaining the cleanliness of the Kaklebi recreational zone in the vicinity of Gorijvari. It is apparent that disposable items used for picnics were the root of the problem in the polluted area.

The campaign is implemented by CENN’s WMTR II program, supported by USAID.


About the Keep Georgia Beautiful campaign:

The campaign aims to reduce the amount of littered areas throughout Georgia and to raise the awareness of the public. Keep Georgia Beautiful was inspired by Keep America Beautiful, a campaign that has been implemented in the US since 1953 and aims to keep the country clean and beautiful through multi-sectoral cooperation. In Georgia, the campaign encourages private companies, entrepreneurs, the local population and other stakeholders to be environmental stewards in their communities and implement various green activities in their everyday lives.

Within the campaign, any interested organization can become a devoted ambassador of the environment. Those willing to participate in the campaign can adopt any specific area, for whose cleanliness and further care they will take responsibility of. After an area has been identified, its initial clean-up will take place and an informational banner will be installed informing the public of the organization responsible for the cleanliness of the area. Adoption of an area by an organization means monitoring and maintaining its cleanliness and repeating clean-up activities as necessary.


31.5.2018 Let

Let’s End Plastic Pollution Together

 

Source: CENN, 2018-05-30

#Beatplasticpollution #keepGoergiabeautiful

World Environment Day is celebrated worldwide on June 5. This year, countries of the world unite against Earth’s plastic waste pollution. According to current data, there will be more waste than fish in the oceans by 2050. In order to put a stop to this harsh reality, each and every person must be engaged in the fight against plastic! For example, say NO to disposable water bottles and cutlery, plastic bags, straws, single-use containers, plastic packaging, etc. Instead, say YES to sustainable alternatives such as reusable water bottles and Tupperware, canvas bags, and metal straws! It is increasingly evident that disposable items have a disastrous impact on the world and it will only get worse if nothing is changed.

On this day, World Environment Day, the National Garden of Georgia together with the USAID-funded WMTR II program implemented by CENN, is inviting you to attend the event, Say No to Plastic!

#BeatPlasticPollution

Things you can do at the event:

• Bring your own plastic PET bottles (clean and empty!) and dispose of them into designated plastic waste bins at the botanical garden. The bottles collected during the event will be delivered to recycling companies to be recycled
• Find out more about waste management opportunities in Tbilisi
• Participate in a quiz and other fun games (prizes included!)
• Attend a workshop by Mathilde Murat : How to Reuse Plastic Waste

Nowadays, plastic waste is one of the biggest environmental challenges on Earth. To overcome it, each of us needs to comprehend the essence of the problem and make a real effort to reduce waste in our daily lives. Furthermore, it is necessary to implement multifaceted measures worldwide, such as raising awareness about pollution and its environmental impact by encouraging recycling and significantly reducing plastic production and consumption.

Join the global campaign #BeatPlasticPollution. Come and take a selfie, promote your green lifestyle and bring your friends!

Let’s protect our environment from pollution together.

Attendance is free of charge, you will only pay the entrance fee of the National Botanical Garden of Georgia - 2 GEL for each person.

Visit the link, find our event and find out more interesting things:
http://worldenvironmentday.global/en/get-involved/find-event


If you want to get involved in more activities against littering become the devoted ambassador of WMTR II’s campaign Keep Georgia Beautiful.


31.5.2018 The Interested Parties Discussed

The Interested Parties Discussed WASH Priorities and Needs in the Region

 

Source: CENN, 2018-05-02

Regional Stakeholder meeting of the project “Water for the Poor” funded by Delegation of the European Union to Georgia (the EU) was held on 27th of April, 2018 in Lagodekhi municipality. The EU, in close cooperation with the Government of Georgia, supports the country to provide access to drinking water and establish WaSH standards in local communities.

To promote the right to health and improve living standards, since 2017, CENN has been implementing this project in Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti regions for vulnerable multi-ethnic communities (~ 10,000 beneficiaries).

The aim of the stakeholder meeting was to introduce the project to the local authorities, private sectors, CSOs and community representatives and discuss collaboration mechanisms with target municipalities. Priority issues, which should be addressed in the framework of the project were identified in a participatory manner.

Head of the municipalities along with other relevant stakeholders attended the event.

The overall objective of the project is to promote the right to health and improve living standards for vulnerable multi-ethnic communities. The project is to achieve the following results: (i) Protect health and social rights of vulnerable groups; (ii) Improve the well-being of women and youth in vulnerable multi-ethnic rural communities; and (iii) Introduce and establish Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) standards.

For further information please contact:

Melano Tkabladze
Project Manager | CENN
t +995 32 275 19 03
m +995 595 11 97 03
melano.tkabladze@cenn.org

www.cenn.org


31.5.2018 EU-supported Training on Organiz

EU-supported Training on Organizational Management for LAG Board Members was held in Keda

 

Source: CENN, 2018-05-14

On May 11-13, 13 LAG board members from Keda municipality of Ajara, participated in the EU-supported training “organizational management”. The workshop, 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. It aimed at improving Organizational Management knowledge/skills among the LAG Board members. The training was designed based on the adult learning methods, ensuring active participation of its participants.

The training was the second educational activity for the LAG capacity building. Twelve such trainings on different topics will be held in order to improve knowledge and skills of the LAG Board members and enable them to function successfully as a team.

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: www.enpard.ge.

Media Contact:
• Zurab Tatanashvili, CSRDG Activity Leader
+995 598 93 52 50
ztatanashvili@csrdg.ge


• Tamar Khuntsaria, Team Leader, ENPARD Communication Unit
+995 595 98 99 16
tamar.k@actionprgroup.com


31.5.2018 WASH Councils were Established i

WASH Councils were Established in Kvemo Kartli

 

Source: CENN, 2018-05-16

From 1-4 May 2018, CENN conducted meetings in Kvemo Kartli Municipalities (Dmanisi, Tetritskaro, Marneuli and Tsalka), where WASH councils were established through the participatory approach. The councils include local residents as well as other stakeholders. The meeting participants discussed and deliberated existing WASH problems and possible solutions.

During the meetings, hosted by respective municipalities, WASH councils and other participants were introduced to the WASH Technical Assessment in Kvemo Kartli, which was developed by CENN. A decision was made for WASH councils to work towards solving WASH-related problems through implementing small infrastructural projects, raising public awareness and advocating/lobbying their interests.

The meetings 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 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.

Contact Information:

Vakho Kochoradze
Project Manager | CENN
vakho.kochoradze@cenn.org


Melano Tkabladze
Project Manager | CENN
melano.tkabladze@cenn.org


Tel.: +995 32 275 19 03 / 04
http://environment.cenn.org/wash/

#washgeorgia


31.5.2018 Modern Standards for Pruning and

Modern Standards for Pruning and Shaping Trees in Tbilisi

 

Source: CENN, 2018-05-17

CENN conducted a training for employees from the Urban Environmental Service and the Ecoservice Group Ltd.

A training prepared by the Professionals’ Association for the Future of Trees included both theoretical and practical studies and was aimed at mastering the techniques of maintenance, care, pruning and shaping trees in the urban area. Within the initiative, practical activities related to pruning and shaping were conducted at various locations, including on Rustaveli, Melikishvili and Chavchavadze Avenues. The training also included teaching the skills required for identifying problems related to green spaces and the proper response to those problems.

To further improve the activities of the Urban Environmental Service and Ecoservice Group Ltd., the role and the importance of maintenance and care services of Tbilisi’s green spaces in urban zones were determined.

After the training, the participants passed tests and were granted certificates.

The initiative was implemented within the framework of the Sustainable Forest Governance in Georgia – Phase II funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC).


31.5.2018 The Amount of Plastic Waste Worl

The Amount of Plastic Waste Worldwide

 

Source: CENN, 2018-05-17

People regularly use plastic items that are often dispensable that quickly turn into waste. Judging from the amount of plastic waste generated by an individual, it is difficult to picture the overall scale of negative effects resulting from the improper management of plastic waste. The best way to acknowledge the problem of plastic production and pollution is to analyse the amount of plastic generated worldwide, as well as to study all types of plastic disposed in the landfill. Still, what is the amount of plastic produced by people and what is the amount of plastic waste dumped in the environment?

The production of plastic mostly began in the middle of the 20th century. According to researchers at leading universities in the United States, plastic production amounted to 2 million tons in 1950, while in 2015 its annual production amounted to 380 million tons. According to the same studies, the total amount of plastic produced in the period between 1950 and 2015 was 8.3 billion tons of plastic where 6.3 billion tons of that plastic has already turned into waste.

For seeing the full version of the Publication, please see the following link.


31.5.2018 Trainings at Eco-hubs

Trainings at Eco-hubs: Green Specialist – A Profession that Fits You

 

Source: CENN, 2018-05-21

CENN, in cooperation with the New Technology Center, continues conducting trainings for school students: Green Specialist – a profession that fits you.

Trainings have already been conducted in Gori, Akhaltsikhe and Telavi. The trainings will continue until the end of the academic year and will cover all eco-hubs throughout Georgia.

“Green monitors” conduct interactive classes for students to educate them about green construction methodologies and environmental principles essential for construction. Youths also get acquainted with the general idea of green professions and related skills.

The initiative includes a video competition. The students who have received further training prepare videos about green professions they are interested in and upload them to this webpage - https://www.facebook.com/PEGBS/. The winner of the contest will be awarded with digital equipment.

The initiative of establishing and supporting eco-hubs is implemented within the framework of the Sustainable Forest Governance in Georgia – Phase II project with the support of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC).

To learn more about green construction, please visit New Technology Center’s website at:

www.pegbs.ge


31.5.2018 Join Us to Keep Georgia Beautifu

Join Us to Keep Georgia Beautiful

 

Source: CENN, 2018-05-21

#keepGeorgiabeautiful

The Agency for Sports Development and Support of Gori Municipality is a Devoted Ambassador of the Keep Georgia Beautiful campaign. Sportsmen joined the campaign on December 12 and have since been actively involved in keeping Gorijvari, the area they adopted, clean and trash-free.

On May 16, the Agency for Sports Schools Association and Support of Gori Municipality, cleaned up the area adjacent to St. George Church in Gorijvari. This was already the second clean-up activity conducted by the Sports Development and Support Agency in the territory of Gorijvari where sportsmen, coaches and leaders of the agency participated.

The campaign is implemented within CENN's WMTR II program, supported by USAID.

About the Keep Georgia Beautiful campaign:
The campaign aims to reduce the amount of littered areas throughout Georgia and raise the awareness of the public. Keep Georgia Beautiful was inspired by Keep America Beautiful, a campaign that has been implemented in the US since 1953 and aims at keeping the country clean and beautiful through multi-sectoral cooperation. In Georgia, the campaign encourages private companies, entrepreneurs, the local population and other stakeholders to support responsible environmental stewardship in the country and to implement sustainable activities on a daily basis.

Within the campaign, any interested organization can become a devoted ambassador of the environment. Those willing to participate in the campaign can adopt any specific area, for whose cleanliness and further care they will take responsibility of. After an area has been identified, its initial clean-up will take place and an informational banner will be installed informing the public of the organization responsible for the cleanliness of the area. The adoption of an area by an organization means monitoring the cleanliness of the area and repeating clean-up activities when necessary.

Join us: Keep Georgia Beautiful


31.5.2018 A Series of Trainings about Wast

A Series of Trainings about Waste Management Challenges and Opportunities Continue

 

Source: CENN, 2018-05-22

Waste Management Technology in Regions, Phase II (WMTR II), implemented by CENN with the support of USAID, continues to conduct training sessions concerning waste management at schools in Tbilisi. During the period of May 15-17, the WMTR II team conducted trainings about waste management challenges and opportunities at the First Experimental School, Public School #195, Italian School and European School of Tbilisi.

The trainings concerned general waste management systems in both Europe and Georgia and focused on specific modern challenges, such as plastic waste pollution in Georgia and the rest of the world. The trainings were followed by a discussion on how it is possible to reduce the adverse environmental impact resulting from human activity and consumption. Students were educated on how they can reduce waste in their everyday lives. The discussion also encouraged students to reuse old items, separate waste and recycle.

For a more detailed description of the WMTR II program, please visit the website:
Waste Management


31.5.2018 International Support for the Re

International Support for the Restoration of Edible Chestnut Forest Stands

 

Source: CENN, 2018-05-23

The Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia resumed the restoration of chestnut groves in the region of Imereti, utilizing CENN’s international expertise.

Within the initiative, experts from the Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW) conducted an on-site study of the condition of a forest diseased with what is known as “chestnut blight” together with the National Forestry Agency.

Results of the field study were presented to relevant stakeholders at a workshop. The National Forestry Agency will start acting upon the recommendations provided by the Austrian experts starting this year. Activities aimed at improving and restoring the sanitary condition of the chestnut forest are planned.

The initiative was implemented within the Sustainable Forest Governance in Georgia – Phase II with financial support of Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC).

     

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