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30.11.2017 Georgia Revises Soil Quality Sta

Georgia Revises Soil Quality Standards


Source:, 2017-11-03

The new soil quality standards will be introduced in Georgia to replace the outdated normative requirements, which have been in effect since 1980s, and protect soil and agriculture lands from the adverse impact of economic and other activities.

The new standards have been developed by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia in close cooperation with the National Environment Agency (NEA), Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs and with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF).

The revised soil quality standards and technical regulations were discussed at a working meeting on October 30, 2017, attended by representatives of the Georgian Government, civil society and academic institutions.

Following the addresses from Shombi Sharp, Deputy Head of UNDP Georgia, and Ekaterine Grigalava, Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, the meeting participants discussed the new standards of maximum permissible concentrations (MPC) and their compliance with the requirements of the Product Safety and Free Movement Code and Georgia’s obligations undertaken under the Association Agreement with the European Union.

The discussion also touched upon a draft decree of the Government of Georgia on “the approval of technical regulation of soil pollution quality”, which represents the basis for establishment of the new normative framework.

30.11.2017 EU assists Georgia with draft na

EU assists Georgia with draft national strategy for agricultural extension


Source:, 2017-11-07

Around 50 representatives of international donors, stakeholders and partners of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia recently gathered in the country’s capital to discuss the draft of the National Strategy for Agricultural Extension in Georgia 2018-2019.

The strategy, developed with EU and FAO support, aims to improve the quality of advisory services for farmers in Georgian regions by upgrading existing consultation centres.

The draft strategy was prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture with EU support, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The event is part of a broader consultation process conducted by the country’s Ministry of Agriculture.

The primary goal of the strategy is to improve the competitiveness of the agriculture sector in Georgia by delivering quality advisory services to farmers.

The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) programme. The main goal of ENPARD, which has a total budget of €102 million and is being implemented in the period 2013-2019, is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia.

30.11.2017 Energy efficiency for ancient ca

Energy efficiency for ancient capital of Georgia thanks to EU project


Source:, 2017-11-15

Non-governmental organisations will work together with authorities in Mtskheta municipality to develop and implement programmes for energy efficiency and renewable and sustainable development. This collaboration will take place as part of the EU-supported CLEEN project and the respective Memorandum of Cooperation was signed on 8 November.

Mtskheta municipality includes more than 70 localities, including the city of Mtskheta, the country’s former capital and a world-famous pilgrimage and tourism destination, as well as several hard-to-reach villages, known as “high mountain villages”. Among them is the village of Bevreti, the “lost” village in the mountains, which became the winner of the EU-supported CLEEN project competition with its energy efficiency project.

“The village of Bevreti is a picturesque place in the mountains 20 km from Tbilisi, with a wonderful monastery. But our village is hard to reach: the road is bad, there is no water supply, electricity appeared only a year ago,” says Nino Mchedlidze, a local activist.

"The issues of energy supply in the region are closely linked to the problem of energy efficiency, and the potential in this area is huge,” says the head of Mtskheta municipality, Nugzar Khukhunaishvili.

The CLEEN project is a three-year project promoting the development of a regional partnership of more than 30 civil society organisations in the four project countries: Armenia, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. Its main focus is to make energy efficiency a more important topic for the target regions.

30.11.2017 Boosting Vocational Education an

Boosting Vocational Education and Training in Agriculture


Source:, 2017-11-22

Prospects and challenges of vocational education and training in agriculture were in focus of a conference in Tbilisi, on November 22, 2017.

The event was organized by the Ministry of Education and Science and Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), in partnership with the National Centre of Education Quality Development, Georgian Farmers’ Association and other partners.

Ketevan Natriashvili, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, and Shombi Sharp, Deputy Head of UNDP in Georgia, addressed the participants at an opening session.

“Georgia is facing 12% national unemployment average, 30% unemployment among the youth, and hidden unemployment in agriculture. Vocational education and training is one of the effective ways to address these issues and create more jobs and learning opportunities, in rural areas especially,” Shombi Sharp, Deputy Head of UNDP in Georgia, said.

The conference “New Skills for Agriculture” brought together representatives of the Georgian Government, business, civil society, farmers associations and educational institutions. The participants discussed the new trends in vocational education and training, including Work-Based Learning and university minor programmes for vocational teachers.

The conference is part of the European Union (EU) Vocational Skills Week 2017 which is taking place in different European and EU neighbourhood countries, from 20 to 24 November, under the slogan “Raising VET attractiveness & excellence”.






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