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On 6-10 May 2019, a study visit to Austria was organized for the Keda Local Action Group (LAG) members. Representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture of Ajara A/R and Deputy Mayor of Keda Municipality also took part in the visit. The study tour was supported by the EU ENPARD program and was organized by the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR) in partnership with CENN.
The aim of the visit was to learn more about LEADER principals, the LAG role in the development of the Local Development Strategies and the section process of local development sub-projects. In the framework of the visit, participants held meetings with representatives of the Austrian Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism, Austrian Development Agency and the Ambassador of Georgia to Austria. Participants also visited two LEADER regions and met with respective LEADER managers and LAG representatives.

During the visit to the Southern Burgenland LEADER region and meetings with local LAGs, participants visited the women’s social enterprise “IDUNA,” the Zickentaler Moorochse protected territory in order to visit the local tourist infrastructure and learn about pasture management. Also, meetings concerning working with the youth to mainstream vocational trainings were held at the Vocational Training Institute (Berufsförderungsinstitut). Afterward, the visit continued to another LEADER region, Vulkanland, to meet the local LAG and mayor. Participants learned about the locally supported production of ham, furniture, and pumpkin seed oil, as well as visited the recreational facility, Holiday on Farm. In the framework of the study tour, participants had the opportunity to meet with the private sector and visited the Zotter chocolate factory.

Participants were especially interested in the process of project evaluation, the selection process and the projects related to creating regional value chains.

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 the 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 populations that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.

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15.05.2019
Applications to participate in the EU ENPARD program-supported Green Camp are now open for candidates from Khulo, Keda, and Tsalka Municipalities. The Green Camp for Young Leaders and Innovators aims at improving access to knowledge and innovations through informal education programs concerning environmental protection, sustainable development, science, technologies, and creates new opportunities for the next generation of leaders.

Applications are open for high school students (9-12th grade) from Tsalka, Keda, and Khulo Municipalities.

Application procedures:
- Complete the online Application Form (only available in Georgian)
- Deadline for the application: May 12, 2019
- Late applications will not be considered

Selected candidates will participate in the Green Camp taking place at the Bulachauri Green Center from June 15 to 23.

- Application period: 1-12 May
- Application revision period: 13-17 May
- Contacting selected candidates: 20-22 May
- Pre-departure planning: 23 May-14 June (webinars with the participants)
- Green Camp period: 15-23 June

For additional information please contact:
Natalia Davlianidze - nata.davlianidze@cenn.org
Giorgi Orkodashvili - giorgi.orkodashvili@cenn.org

The EU supports agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. The camp is organized with financial support provided by the ENPARD program in the framework of cooperation between three ENPARD projects being conducted in Tsalka, Keda, and Khulo Municipalities. These projects are – “EMBRACE Tsalka,” “Keda LEADER” and “Promotion of Rural Development and Diversification in Khulo Municipality.” In Keda and Tsalka municipalities, the project is implemented by CENN and in Khulo Municipality by Caritas Czech Republic in Georgia (CCRG).

The EU’s ENPARD Programme has been 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.

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01.05.2019
On April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day with a focus on mobilizing local communities and raising awareness about the importance of protecting our species. The EU supported The Local Action Group (LAG) and the environmental organization CENN joined the large scale environmental campaign by assisting young eco-activists from two villages of Keda Municipality Pirveli Maisi and Merisi in their environmental initiative. Young people planted trees in a schoolyard and prepared poster presentations on topics of climate change, conservation of species, sustainable natural resource management, and other environmental issues.

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.


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23.04.2019
ABOUT KEDA
The Keda Municipality is located in the middle of the Adjaristskali river basin. The Keda Municipalty shares a 38 km-long border with the Kobuleti Municipality to the north, a 24 km-long border with the Shuakhevi Municipality to the east, a 24 km-long border with the Khelvachauri Municipality to the west, and a 17 km-long border with Turkey to the south. The Shavsheti and Meskheti mountain ranges run through the southern part of the Municipality while the Kobuleti mountain range runs through the north/north-west part.
The total area of the municipality is 452 km2, with a population of 21,244. The municipality consists of 10 communities and 64 settlements. The town of Keda, located 200 m above sea level, is an administrative center of the municipality. 
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