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Georgia Revises Soil Quality Sta
Georgia Revises Soil Quality
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outdated normative requirements, which have been in effect since 1980s, and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
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.
EU assists Georgia with draft na
EU assists Georgia with draft
national strategy for agricultural extension
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
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
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.
Energy efficiency for ancient ca
Energy efficiency for ancient
capital of Georgia thanks to EU project
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
Boosting Vocational Education an
Boosting Vocational Education and
Training in Agriculture
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
“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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