EU-supported Keda Local Action Group launches a new project


Keda Local Action Group (LAG), with the support of the Global Environment Fund’s (GEF) small grants programme, launches a new project: Persons with Disabilities in Keda Municipality as Local Climate Change Ambassadors.


Main objective of the project is to implement an effective  initiative with a high potential for  upscaling. This initiative aims to  successfully integrate persons with disabilities into the field of environmental protection, demonstrating methods for supporting the integration of persons with disabilities into the socio-economic life of the community, and for improving their livelihoods, while simultaneously achieving environmental goals.


The project has multifaceted aims such as improving the capacity of persons with disabilities in the municipality – ensuring that they receive the necessary knowledge on how to advocating for issues like environmental protection and climate change, and how to integrated these issues into the rural development process; As a result, the project will increase the resilience of Keda Municipality against the expected adverse effects of climate change.


The planned activities within the project include: the implementation of an awareness raising campaign about climate change and environmental issues with the active participation of persons with disabilities, establishing a coalition of Climate Ambassadors, conducting thematic trainings, and developing Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Keda municipality etc.


The Keda LAG will cooperate closely with the Council for Persons with Disabilities within the Keda City Hall and will also involve various groups such as youth, local community members and state institutions.


The project will continue until 31 March 2022 and the budget is 51,880 USD.

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On August 5-8, with the support of EU ENPARD programme, CENN together with the Keda LAG hosted a media tour in Keda municipality within the frameworks of the Keda LEADER project.


The main objective of the tour was to promote natural and cultural heritage of Keda and showcase local innovative businesses to raise the visibility of Keda’s tourism potential to wider audience.


Up to 10 media representatives from different media outlets participated in the tour and met with successful local entrepreneurs and cultural heritage and natural sites.


The participants of the media tour were introduced to the EU’s support to Georgia’s agriculture and rural development under the ENPARD programme. In particular, the journalists were informed about the actions supported by EU within the ongoing rural development project in Keda.


In the framework of the tour, a media competition took place as a result of which, three winners were announced:


I place: Indigo ქედა - მწვანე ზონა დიდი პოტენციალით

II place: Entrepreneur დაუვიწყარი შთაბეჭდილებების სავანე ქედაში

III place: National Geographic Georgia დაბრუნებული სიცოცხლე სოფელს


The winning journalists received a two-day package at one of the EU funded tourist accommodations in Keda.


Based on the information received during the media tour up to 15 information materials including videos and articles were published on various media platforms, representing Keda as an attractive destination for tourism and investment.



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 the 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:

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CENN Green Camp took a kick off on July 27, 2020 and continues to host young people from different regions of Georgia, including Keda municipality, with the interesting, fun, and educational programme!

The programme offers not only theoretical and practical workshops on environmental topics but also on many other topics such as human rights, European values and others.

Specialists from different field  conduct classes on Sustainable Development Goals, Green Innovation, climate change, sustainable management of forest resources, sustainable waste management and circular economy, water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) issues, natural disaster risks and mitigation measures. In addition, camp participants learn about the European LEADER approach to rural development and the work conducted by Local Action Groups in Georgia.

The intensive educational program of the CENN Green Camp aims at raising the awareness of the young generation about environmental protection, green innovation, sustainable development, science and technology and creating new possibilities for future leaders from around Georgia.

From July 27 to September 16 CENN Green Camp will hold 9 rounds and host a total of 20 young people from Keda municipality.

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The Green Camp was made possible with EU support under the European Neighborhood Program for Agriculture and Rural Development – ENPARD Georgia. The CENN Green camps are organized by two ENPARD projects – EMBRACE Tsalka and Keda LEADER and ADA/SFMRD, implemented by CENN.

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:


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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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