On 5-6 February 2019, CENN will conduct a two-day intensive workshop for the Environmental Group of EU-supported GALAG (Georgian Association of Local Action Groups) representatives at Bulachauri Green Centre. The aim of the workshop is to facilitate fruitful discussions concerning environmental challenges in the respective municipalities of the GALAG members, share modern approaches in sustainable development and assist the GALAG Environmental Group in putting acquired environmental knowledge into practice at the local level.
The CENN-organized workshop will cover some of the most pressing environmental topics such as: climate change and narrowing down the topic from a global to a local context; the necessity of forest management and climate-smart agriculture in sustainable rural development; challenges in the waste management sector in Georgia, its solutions and the role of local communities in mainstreaming modern waste management approaches; ensuring public access to clean water and information exchange concerning sanitation and hygiene for all; and the importance of strong and effective natural disaster risk reduction and management systems for building resilient communities.
Currently, GALAG unites representatives from existing Local Action Groups from 8 municipalities in Georgia that were established under the EU ENPARD Programme in Georgia. Under the working format of the GALAG, one of the ENPARD partner organizations, CENN, is leading the environmental direction of the group. Furthermore, apart from the aforementioned 8 LAGs, representatives from additional municipalities where ENPARD will be working under the new action will also join the workshop and will have the opportunity to network and exchange knowledge.
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 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.
More information about the Keda Local Action Group (LAG) is available on the official website: www.kedalag.ge
• Nino Gaprindashvili, CENN Project Manager, +995 593 92 48 44,
• Tamar Khuntsaria, Team Leader, ENPARD Communication Unit, +995 595 98 99 16,