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05.09.2018. Keda, Adjara – Diversification of economic activity in rural areas, development of climate-smart agricultural value chain, environmental protection, natural resources management and disaster risk reduction, education, culture, sport and support of youth activities - these are the key areas covered by the EU-supported Local Development Strategy of Keda Municipality that was recently adopted by Keda Local Action Group (LAG) in the framework of the ENPARD’s rural development project.

Prior to officially adopting the strategy, the draft was presented to the government of Keda municipality and the local communities. Keda LAG, together with the EU’s partner organisation CENN and the Institute of Democracy, held a number of public discussions on the strategic objectives of the document, as well as on the priority areas of the development of Keda municipality. The LAG board members considered and reflected the public feedback in the final document. At the meetings information was also provided regarding the upcoming rural development grant competition in Keda supported by EU under the ENPARD project.

The Keda Local Development Strategy is now available to download in Georgian at www.enpard.ge and www.kedalag.ge.

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 the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims to diversify local economic activities, improve the investment climate, and empower competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning in 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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05.09.2018
On August 10-12, 12 LAG board members from Keda municipality of Ajara, participated in the EU-supported training “Project Writing”. The activity, carried out under the EU’s ENPARD project “Optimizing the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality (Keda LEADER)”, was implemented by the Center of Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), the partner organization of CENN. It aimed at improving project design and project writing knowledge/skills among the LAG Board members. The topics covered during the three days were: needs assessment, goals and objectives, timetable, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation etc. The training was delivered based on the adult learning methods, ensuring active participation.

The training was the third educational activity for the LAG capacity building. Twelve such trainings on different topics will be held in order to improve the knowledge and skills of the LAG Board members and enable them to function successfully as a team.

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



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16.08.2018
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
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