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On 5-7 July, the study visit of the Keda Local Action Group (LAG) in Borjomi was held in the framework of the EU-supported ENPARD project “Keda LEADER.” The visit’s objective was to exchange experience and information between the Keda and Borjomi LAGs.

The working meeting was conducted by representatives from the two LAGs during the three-day visit. Participants at the meeting discussed their experience with LAG operations. The Borjomi LAG shared its experience on the development of its Local Development Strategy and more details about the grant competitions. Site-visits and meetings with local EU beneficiary entrepreneurs were also held during the stay in Borjomi Municipality.

According to Keda LAG participants of the study tour, information and knowledge exchange during the visit in Borjomi was very interesting and important to create new partnerships and gain valuable knowledge about the best practices.

Keda LAG continues working on finalizing the Local Development Strategy (LDS) and aims to announce its first grant competition based on the strategic objectives identified under the LDS, starting this fall.

The project, Keda Leader, is implemented with the financial support from the EU via 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 about ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge
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11.07.2018
Young leaders and innovators from Keda municipality attended Green Camp organized under the EU-supported CENN project “Keda LEADER” during June 25 to July 4 at the Bulachauri Green Center.

21 winner students of the youth competition “Me LEADER” were part of the 10-day intensive camp course. The environmental specialists delivered lectures on a different topics such as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), global challenges of a climate change, sustainable forest management, modern technologies and approaches in waste management sector, water and sanitation issues, urbanization and regional development. Invited guests presented the new opportunities for youth such as the largest countrywide environmental competition named after Niko Ketskhoveli, joint photo competition of National Geographic Magazine Georgia and CENN – “Birds, our flying friends”, and the global “Diamond Challenge” for the high school entrepreneurs.

The camp participants also visited Lagodekhi National Park, had a workshop on a safety in a wilderness provided by the experienced hikers and a lesson on a local biodiversity. During the stay in Lagodekhi, participants had a meeting with the Local Action Group of Lagodekhi and learned more about their experience in EU ENPARD program.
After the two-day camping, participants had a workshop on a project proposal development and learned how to present their ideas and initiatives in an effective way, and on a final day, participants had an idea pitching contest. All the participants of the camp will after its completion become the Green Camp alumni and will be actively engaged in CENN’s all youth initiatives in Keda and countrywide.

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: www.enpard.ge
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11.07.2018
From June 4-8, the Keda LAG, under the EU-supported ENPARD programme implemented by CENN, hosted workshops with different sector groups.

During the first stage of the workshop, the groups were presented with the results of the regional analysis in different objectives carried out in the framework of the project, and, based on this analysis, the resources and potential of the region have been identified.

Based on the regional analysis, participants discussed the priority objectives of the local development strategy in Keda and elaborated the result-oriented action plan. Following strategic directions have been identified:

  • Diversification of economic activity in rural areas through SME and tourism development;
  • Development of Climate Smart Agriculture;
  • Environmental Protection, Natural Recourse Management and Disaster Risk Management;
  • Support the participation of youth and women in the Rural Development Process.

Based on the Strategy, innovative projects will be financed and implemented in Keda Municipality with EU support. The final version of the Strategy will publish in the end of July 2018.

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: www.enpard.ge
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11.07.2018
On June 12-15, EU’s partner organisation CENN hosted a media tour in the municipality of Keda, Adjara AR under the EU-supported ENPARD project “Keda Leader.” Main objective of the tour was to promote local human and natural potential of Keda. Up to 20 representatives from different media outlets met with successful local entrepreneurs and visited 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, two training sessions were held on the topics of high interest for modern media: the editor in chief of the National Geographic Magazine Georgia, Natia Khuluzauri, discussed certain challenges regarding writing scientific articles in a popular manner, and the Radio Liberty journalist, George Gogua, discussed the relevance of on-the-go mobile media.

Now that the tour is over, participants are expected to present their creative and innovative visions of Keda in the form of articles, photo essays, TV and video reports, blogs, and vlogs, which will support the improvement of the touristic and investment climate in Keda Municipality.

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: www.enpard.ge

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11.07.2018
On 18th of May, Europe Day was celebrated in Keda. Guests who attended the event were able to get acquainted with local handmade items, paintings and thematic works were performed by schoolchildren, and information corners from the projects in Keda municipality, guesthouses, local folk dance and song ensembles were presented during the event.

Europe Day in Keda was organized by Keda Municipality, the Information Center on NATO and EU in partnership with CENN’s EU-funded ENPARD project “Keda Leader”, Keda LAG, the Institute for Democracy, Education and Adult Center, Keda Resource Center and Culture Center.

The project Keda Leader is implemented with the financial support from the EU by Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (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 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: www.enpard.ge.

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11.07.2018
On April 22, the world celebrated Earth Day with a focus on mobilizing the world to end plastic pollution. The EU supported Keda Local Action Group (LAG) joined the large scale environmental campaign Keep Georgia Beautiful (გარემოს გულისთვის) taking place all over Georgia.

In the framework of the event, Keda LAG mobilized the local community and organized clean-up and tree-planting action in the central park of the Keda town. Different tree species that were planted to celebrate the Earth Day were beforehand presented to the schools participating in the Niko Ketskhoveli School Competition from Adjara AR by the Batumi Botanical Garden. It has to be noted that Keda LAG will continue caring about the adopted territory and will organize more clean-up campaigns in the future.
The environmental campaign Keep Georgia Beautiful (გარემოს გულისთვის) intends to involve private companies, NGOs and governmental agencies in keeping the environment clean and green in the country. The campaign is implemented by CENN’s WMTR II program, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture, and supported by USAID. All interested organizations and companies are welcome to join the campaign. It has to be noted, that the tree planting action in Keda was made possible under the CENN program – Sustainable Forest Governance in Georgia – Supported by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC).

The project “Keda LEADER” is implemented with the financial support from the EU by Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (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 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: www.enpard.ge.
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18.05.2018
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