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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:
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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
A series of EU-supported events concerning aquaculture were held in Adjara over the past weekend. An international conference, a festival of fish and sea products and field visits took place in Batumi and Keda during 5-7 April.

The International Scientific Conference “Fisheries for the Economic Development of the Country”, held on 6th of April in Batumi, aimed at connecting organizations and people from different countries who are employed in the fishery industry.

The conference was officially opened by the Minister of Agriculture of Adjara A/R, Tite Aroshidze and Deputy Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Nino Tandilashvili.
“Aquaculture is essential for our region. The Ministry of Agriculture of Adjara A/R has developed strategy for the development of the field. Therefore, we express our readiness to support initiatives related to the development of aquaculture in the region” - stated Tite Aroshidze, Minister of Agriculture of Adjara A/R.

The Conference participants included representatives from governmental and non-governmental organizations from Georgia, Ukraine, Turkey, Norway, Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Prior to the conference, participants visited fish farms in Keda municipality to share and exchange knowledge and experience, as well as plan future activities in order to more efficiently utilize hydro potential through mutual cooperation.

The Fish Festival also took place in Batumi Boulevard on 7th of April. The participating countries presented various fish and sea products. In addition, different local fish restaurants, public colleges, and wine and beer companies participated in the festival.

The event was organized by the organic aquaculture development association “Phoreji” with the support of the EU ENPARD funded project “Keda LEADER” implemented by CENN, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, the Ministry of Agriculture of Adjara and the Alliance Group. Partners of the event included N(N)LE “Agro Service Centre,” the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Adjara, the City Hall of Batumi, Batumi Boulevard, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Georgia.

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12.04.2019
On 5th – 6th April 2019, a series of EU-supported events concerning aquaculture will take place in Adjara. An international conference, a festival of fish and sea products and field visits are planned in Batumi and Keda.

The international scientific conference “Fisheries for the Economic Development of the Country” will be held on 6th of April at the Radisson Hotel Batumi. Participants of the conference will include representatives from governmental and non-governmental organizations from Georgia, Ukraine, Turkey, Norway, Azerbaijan and Armenia. The purpose of the event is to connect organizations and people from different countries who are employed in the fishery industry. The conference is a good opportunity to share and exchange knowledge and experience, as well as plan future activities in order to more efficiently utilize the hydro potential through mutual cooperation.

Before the conference, on 5th of April, participants will visit fishery farms in Keda municipality to get acquainted with the situation and hydro potential of the country.

On 7th of April, Batumi Boulevard will host the festival of fish and fish products. Within the event, participating countries will present various fish and sea products. Furthermore, various local fish restaurants, public colleges, and wine and beer companies will participate in the festival. Visitors will have opportunities to taste interesting dishes, receive information about the nutritional value of fish and culinary recipes in a pleasant environment with music.

The event is organized by the organic aquaculture development association “Phoreji.”

The event is made possible with the support of the EU ENPARD programme and its project “Keda LEADER” implemented by CENN, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, the Ministry of Agriculture of Adjara and the Alliance Group.

Partners of the event include N(N)LE “Agro Service Centre,” the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Adjara, the City Hall of Batumi, Batumi Boulevard, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Georgia.

For more information please view the event programme or contact Sopiko Diasamidze, +995 577 98 99 48, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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05.04.2019
On 8 April 2019, Ajara hosted National Women Business Forum. The event, which has become a tradition, was held for the third time in Batumi and was attended by up to 250 women entrepreneurs from different regions of Georgia, mostly representatives of small and medium businesses. About 50 women from Khulo and Keda Local Action Groups (LAGs) supported by EU ENPARD programme participated in the forum.

The main objective of the forum is to strengthen the capacity of women entrepreneurs, increase their engagement in small and medium business, access to finance, promote their activities and stimulate new ideas. The event is held annually in Ajara and it is organized by Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry with Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ajara, Ajara Business Women’s Association and Women’s Rooms. The main topic of the discussions for this year was access to finances and opportunities for simplifying financial products, strengthening bilateral dialogue between financial institutions and presenting the examples of financial institutions from other countries.


Representatives of Khulo and Keda LAGs had an opportunity to conduct business negotiations with potential business partners and discuss prospects for cooperation. They were introduced with the successful examples of Georgia and neighbor countries. Within the frame of the forum, training was conducted on the following directions: branding, how to expand the business, emotional intelligence and relations with financial institutions. All participants had the opportunity to choose their interesting training and attend it.

The projects “Optimizing the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality (Keda LEADER)” and “Promotion of Rural Development and Diversification in Khulo Municipality” are implementing since 2017 with support by EU under the European Neighborhood Program for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD). In Keda the project is implemented by CENN and in Khulo – by the Caritas Czech Republic in Georgia (CCRG).
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12.03.2019
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