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>> EU-supported Training on Leadership and Team Building for LAG Board Members was held in Keda
>> Improving Thermal Insulation Through the Use of Plastic Waste
>> World Water Day
>> Reasons, Consequences and Possible Solutions of Littering
>> The First Ever Waste Separation Corner was Opened in Metro City in Batumi

31.3.2018 EU-supported Training on Leaders

EU-supported Training on Leadership and Team Building for LAG Board Members was held in Keda


Source: CENN, 2018-03-05

On February 27 March 1, 15 LAG board members from Keda municipality of Adjara, participated in the EU-supported training Leadership and Team building. The workshop, carried out under the EUs 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 leadership knowledge/skills and developing the team spirit 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 first educational activity for the LAG capacity building. Twelve such trainings in different areas 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 (IR). 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:

Media Contact:
Zurab Tatanashvili, CSRDG Activity Leader, +995 598 93 52 50,

Tamar Khuntsaria, Team Leader, ENPARD Communication Unit, +995 595 98 99 16,

31.3.2018 Improving Thermal Insulation Thr

Improving Thermal Insulation Through the Use of Plastic Waste


Source: CENN, 2018-03-05

Constructing energy-efficient houses contributes to saving energy and mitigating adverse environmental impacts. Increasing energy efficiency in Georgia is critically important in the villages where, based on the current social and economic situation, access to energy sources is limited.

Village residents primarily use wood as their main heating source. According to the National Statistics Office of Georgia and CENN, wood consumption has reached 2-3 million cubic meters in the past three years. Unsustainable logging on a massive scale inevitably leads to negative impacts on forests and ecosystems. Therefore, taking appropriate measures and actions to increase energy efficiency and to reduce energy consumption in terms of heating in the villages is crucial.

Increasing the energy efficiency of wood is possible by drying wood, using energy-efficient ovens, thermal insulation of houses, etc. This article examines the potential of thermal insulation by utilizing plastic waste to insulate village homes.

For more information, please see the following link.

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World Water Day


Source: CENN, 2018-03-22

On 22 March, the World Water Day is celebrated every year around the world.

This years theme is The theme for World Water Day 2018 is Nature for Water, which explores the nature-based mechanisms to solve todays water challenges. More information can be seen here.

In addition, to celebrate the day, please see the WASH Assessment developed by CENN for Kvemo Kartli region of Georgia.

31.3.2018 Reasons

Reasons, Consequences and Possible Solutions of Littering


Source: CENN, 2018-03-28

Littering can be defined as making a place or area untidy with rubbish, or incorrectly disposing waste. Littering causes pollution, a major threat to the environment, and has increasingly become a cause for concern in many countries. As human beings are largely responsible for littering, it is important to understand why people litter, as well as how to encourage people not to litter. This paper explores the reasons and consequences of littering and suggests possible solutions based on international experience.

Why do people litter?

Laziness and carelessness have bred a culture of habitual littering. Carelessness has made people throw rubbish anywhere without thinking about the consequences of their actions. Many people do not realize or underestimate the negative impacts of littering on the environment. People believe that their individual actions will not harm society as a whole. As a result, it is common to see people throwing wrappers, cigarette butts and other rubbish in public areas. The majority of people believe that there are others who will clean up after them and consequently, the responsibility of cleaning up litter usually falls on local governments and taxpayers. Thus, the lack of responsibility to look after public places is another problem.

For more information, please see the following link.

31.3.2018 The First Ever Waste Separation

The First Ever Waste Separation Corner was Opened in Metro City in Batumi


Source: CENN, 2018-03-28

On March 28 at 16:00 PM, the first ever waste separation corner opened in Metro City in Batumi. From this point forward, Metro City сconsumers, staff and Batumi residents in general will have the opportunity to bring and deposit separated waste into the appropriate waste-bins: paper, glass, plastic, and aluminium. Waste will be collected, transported and delivered to recycling companies by Sever Ltd., a waste collection company.

Metro City Director, Raul Kakhadze, Mayor of Batumi, Lasha Komakhidze, USAID Economic Development Office Director, Veronica Lee, and WMTR II Program Leader, Nino Shavgulidze opened the waste separation corner.

The waste separation corner was launched by the Waste Management Technology in Regions, Phase II (WMTR II) program, implemented with the support of USAID. The program assists the Government of Georgia in modernizing the waste management sector in the country and by supporting sustainable and inclusive economic development. This initiative has made it possible to separate and dispose of waste at eight locations in Tbilisi. To view the recycling corner locations, please open the following map: Waste separation corners.

The responsibility to separate waste is determined by the EU Association Agreement and, based on the Waste Management Code of Georgia, is to be implemented in all municipalities starting in 2019.

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





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