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Training course for the employees of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) organized by the Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) and supported by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) continues. Trainings for the employees of the State Laboratory of Agriculture and the National Food Agency were led by Turkish experts who introduced modern approaches to Georgian colleagues .

2019-2020 years were proclaimed as years of agriculture by TIKA, and the agency actively continues to work for improving the qualification of the employees of MEPA.

The cooperation between TIKA and MEPA started last year. In 2019, 40 representatives were trained in Turkey and Georgia. Currently, trainings are conducted in an online format because of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

 
9/19/2020
In connection with the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, a webinar "Ozone Layer and its Protection in Georgia" was held for "Ecoliders" and young people interested in environmental issues. In 2020, International Ozone Layer Day is dedicated to the 35th anniversary of the Vienna Convention and the 35-year-old international cooperation and achievements of the Ozone Layer.

Louisa Winton, UNDP Resident Representative in Georgia, and Nino Tandilashvili, Deputy Minister of Environmental and Agriculture of Georgia, opened a remote meeting and addressed the participants.

At the webinar, Noe Megrelishvili, Head of the Atmospheric Air Division of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, spoke in detail about the problem of ozone depletion and the successful international experience of ozone protection and restoration. The speaker informed the audience about the implemented and planned actions to protect the ozone layer in the world and in Georgia, and assessed the current situation in this regard.

The meeting was interactive and the young people received comprehensive answers to their questions.
The webinar was organized by the Environmental Information and Education Centre of the Ministry of Environmental and Agriculture and the UNDP Action Plan for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol in Georgia.

In 1994, the UN General Assembly declared September 16 as the International Day for the Protection of the Ozone Layer in connection with the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Ozone Layer, and this day is celebrated in 197 countries around the world. This year, International Ozone Day marks the 35th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. This day reminds the whole world that we are committed to continuing to care for the protection of the ozone layer for the health of us and our planet.

In 1996, Georgia signed the Vienna Convention on the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The country has already taken steps to reduce its consumption of the most dangerous ozone-depleting substances - chlorine-fluorocarbons and hydrogen-chlorine-fluorocarbons. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is assisting the Government of Georgia in fulfilling this commitment.
 
9/16/2020
The Environmental Information and Education Centre of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, in cooperation with the Rural Development Agency, is implementing a project to raise awareness among farmers throughout Georgia. The project aims to conduct training for farmers on various topics and to strengthen their capacities.

Within the framework of the "Eco-Grants Program", training on hazelnut care technologies were conducted in three municipalities of Samegrelo, Guria and Imereti (Samtredia, Vani, Khoni).

Within the training, Lasha Tsigriashvili, an expert from the scientific-research center of agriculture of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia focused on agro-technology of hazelnut production, means of improving yield quality, harvesting and storage conditions, and pest control modern technologies.

The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Representative of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, who addressed the participants and stressed the importance of ongoing training. The first part of the training was dedicated to climate change, its risks and climate-friendly agriculture, that was introduced to the trainees by Marie Bendeliani within the framework of the "Eco-Grants Program".

The training was conducted in an interactive mode and the farmers received comprehensive answers to their questions, shared with each others their experiences focusing on the issues that are a priority in their municipalities.

A total of more than 260 farmers were trained during the training.

Within the framework of the "Eco-Grants Program", training and retraining courses on beekeeping are planned in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti and Imereti.

"Eco-Grants Program" initiated and funded by BP and its partners within the framework of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil and South Caucasus Gas Pipeline projects and implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia.
 
9/5/2020
The training course - "Environmental Manager" has been completed at the Environmental Information and Education Centre of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture.
According to the Waste Management Code, companies that generate per year more than 200 tons of non-hazardous waste, more than 1000 tons of inert waste or any amount of hazardous waste, must have a person responsible for waste management - environmental manager.

The training course provides the teaching for the private sector of all responsibilities in the field of waste management and includes both theoretical and practical training to facilitate reporting in the waste management electronic system.

Candidates nominated by the legal entities, as well as any interested person can participate in the training course initiated by the Environmental Information and Education Centre. The program, led by field professionals with many years of experience, allows companies to have staff trained in accordance with legal requirements and modern standards.

The Environmental Information and Education Centre has trained a total of 430 people, most of whom (80%) are employed as environmental managers.
 
8/31/2020
The Environmental Information and Education Centre organized a two-day informational meeting in the framework of the project “Reducing the risk of climate-driven disasters in Georgia”.

The meeting was participated by representatives of educational institutions from ten of the most vulnerable municipalities selected for the seven-year project. Under the project, to support environmental education, educational resources about fundamentals of disaster risk reduction have been prepared for the general education and preschool education institutions, and these materials have been presented to the stakeholders. The attendees of the meeting were heads of the resource centres and preschool institutions, educators, public school directors and teachers. 

During the meeting, there were discussed factors defining disaster risk reduction and seven main hazards caused by climate change, particularly drought, hail, flood, landslide, downpour, wildfire and strong wind.

The program “Reducing the risk of climate-driven disasters in Georgia” is funded by the Georgian and Swedish Governments, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and is implemented by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia with the assistance of the UN Development Program (UNDP). Educational and awareness-raising component of the project is completed by the Environmental Information and Education Centre of the Ministry.
 
8/29/2020

In the framework of the project “Reducing the risk of climate-driven disasters in Georgia”, the Environmental Information and Education Centre of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia organized a work meeting for the group working on awareness-raising and education. 

The international expert of the program, Ruth Sobrino Gomez, presented to the stakeholders the strategy for communication and awareness-raising. The education expert, Rusudan Tevzadze, introduced to the group members  the educational materials designated for decision-makers of preschool, primary and secondary institutions and eco clubs.

Representatives of different non-governmental and international organizations attended the meeting and presented implemented educational activities under the natural disaster management. 

Once participants have got acquainted with materials, they discussed methods and approaches for using them. Furthermore, special attention has been paid to the seven climate-driven hazards included in the program: drought, hail, flood, landslide, downpour, wildfire and strong wind.

The program “Reducing the risk of climate-driven disasters in Georgia” is funded by the Georgian and Swedish Governments, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and is implemented by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia with the assistance of the UN Development Program (UNDP). Educational and awareness-raising component of the project is completed by the Environmental Information and Education Centre of the Ministry.

 

8/24/2020
Educational program “School of Eco Leaders 2020” launched by The Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) of The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia has ended. After the online seminars and educational tours, the Director of EIEC awarded participants with certificates. 

Webinars in “School of Eco Leaders” lasted for three months. Along with the representatives of The Ministry, lectures for the students were led by invited experts. In the final week of the educational course, a cognitive tour has been held.

Within the framework of the project, 13 webinars have been conducted. Lectures included topics such as human environmental rights, waste management policy, sustainable development goals, environmental policy, climate change, ambient air, soil degradation and combat desertification, mechanisms to protect biodiversity, public relations and planning environmental awareness-raising campaigns, current conservation projects, photography and environment protection. 

“School of Eco Leaders” is an educational course elaborated by EIEC that aims to teach young generation environmental issues and raise their awareness in this field. The project has been implemented all over the country and was participated by students of classes 9 to 12. Participants of the course were selected based on the competition results. 

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia conducts educational activities remotely. “School of Eco Leaders” for students interested in environmental issues will take place annually.
 
8/20/2020
Educational program “Eco Leaders School” launched by The Environmental Information and Education Centre of The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia continues the final week of the educational process with a cognitive tour. After the online seminars that lasted for three months, young people interested in environmental issues visited The Algeti National Park and The National Botanical Garden of Georgia.
 
In the visitor centre of The Algeti National Park, Eco leaders got fluent information on the importance and aims of protected areas. Along with the theoretical seminar, during the visit, eco-tour in the protected area have been held. Eco leaders have been informed about the components of the Algeti National Park ecosystems and rare and endangered species living there. The students, along with the curriculum, visited the ecotourism attraction, the Ropes Park.the components of the Algeti National Park ecosystems and rare and endangered species living there. The students, along with the curriculum, visited the ecotourism attraction, the Ropes Park.

Within the field tour, to improve knowledge on biodiversity, another educational tour was held in The Botanical Garden where eco leaders familiarized with the principles of creating plant collections, history of the Botanical Garden and its mission.

“Eco Leaders School” is an educational program launched by EIEC that aims to teach the young generation environmental issues and raise knowledge in this field. Seminars provide young people with information on the modern-time and interesting environmental topics taking into consideration as theoretical as practical aspects.

“Eco Leaders School” participants are high school students from all the regions of Georgia who participated in the two-stage competition and have been selected as winners of the project. 
This year, the project was implemented for the first time but will be held annually in the future. 
 
8/17/2020
To improve environmental governance and law enforcement, a training course about environmental legislative regulation organized by the Environmental Information and Education Centre of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia is conducted all over the country. 

Within the framework of the program, a meeting with the representatives of Signagi City Council, City Hall and administrative units have been held. The meeting was attended by  Iuri Nozadze, Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture and Irakli Shioshvili, Acting Gubernator of Kakheti region. 

Iuri Nozadze spoke about the new legislative basis and its importance. The Deputy Minister underlined the Forest Code and Extended Producer Responsibility that creates the new environmental system in the country.

Considering the important role of local municipalities in environmental impact assessment, environmental supervision and control and biodiversity and waste management issues, training will promote capacity building of self-government institutions and implementation of those obligations that are regulated on the municipal level. 

By the end of the year, trainings will be held in the whole country. The trainings will be led by heads of the relevant structural units of the Ministry who will share with the participants theoretical information as well as their practical experience.
 
8/14/2020
Within the educational program “Eco Leaders School” of LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA), students met with Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture Ms. Nino Tandilashvili.

The Deputy Minister informed students about the ongoing environmental reforms, projects and legislative initiatives in the country. The participants of the "School of Eco leaders" were given the opportunity to get comprehensive answers to their interesting questions. Representatives of the environmental training program were interested in both modern approaches of waste management and the new forest code, as well as issues of environmental impact assessment system, air quality and biodiversity conservation topic.

After the meeting, the students of the School of Eco leaders, in the Laboratory of Air pollution, Water and Soil Analysis of the National Environment Agency, performed chemical analysis to determine the quality of water, and participated in the process of identifying macroinvertebrates. Also they learned about the program for monitoring of air and soil.

"School of Eco leaders" is an educational package (curriculum), which is developed by the Environmental Information and Education Centre. Mentioned package aims to teach environmental issues to the younger generation and raise their awareness in that direction. The seminars provide young people with knowledge on current and interesting environmental issues, about both theoretical and practical aspects.

Graduating students from all regions of Georgia, who took part in a two-stage competition and were selected as the winning eco leaders of the project, participated in the "School of Eco leaders".

The program was implemented for the first time this year and will be held annually.
8/14/2020
Trainings on environmental legislation has been launched all over the country by LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA). The main goal of the trainings is to improve the environmental management and improvement of law enforcement.

The first meetings within the program have been held in Lagodekhi and Dedoplistskaro. The training aims to promote capacity building of the local self-governing bodies’ fulfillment of liabilities, which lay on the municipalities. Special attention is paid to the legal database, which was officially adopted by the government of Georgia in 2020 and is harmonized with European Legislation, particularly to Forest Code, Extended Producer Responsibility and to changes in Law of Georgia on Ambient Air Protection. The role of the local self-governing bodies is very important in the fields like environmental impact assessment, supervision, biodiversity related issues, waste management etc.

The meeting was attended by the representatives of Lagodekhi and Dedoplistskaro municipalities, Lagodekhi and Dedoplistskaro Councils and administrative units, whose work is related to the enforcement of environmental regulations. 

The trainings will be held at the municipal level by the end of the year and will be led by the heads of the relevant structural units of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, sharing practical experience with the participants along with theoretical information.
8/11/2020

LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) has organized trainings on medical first aid, for guides, rangers and visitor-service specialists of the administration staff of Martvili and Okatse Canyons.
 
The training course covered timely provision of required medical first aid in various emergency situations and had been developed according to the most up-to date international standards.
 
Training conducted by Mr. Konstantine Chutkerashvili, who is Director of the Anatomical Research Center at Tbilisi State Medical University and a certified trainer in neurosurgery and First Aid. The course provided both, theoretical and practical training in multifunctional training mannequins and simulators. The course also focused on the rangers’ work specific issues and covered provision of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and hemostasis in the field conditions, immediate assistance in case of craniospinal injuries, insect and reptile stings and bites and safe transportation.
 
Within the training course, which was held for guides, rangers and visitor-service specialists of Imereti Caves Protected Areas - Sataplia and Prometheus, as well as Martvili and Okatse Canyons administrations, a total of 60 staff members were trained. The aim of the training was to strengthen the capacity of the protected areas representatives in the direction of first aid.  Aforementioned training is important for increasing the qualification of the staff and therefore ensuring the safety of the visitors. It is worth mention, number of visitors of the protected areas reached 1,200,000 last year.
 
One of the main direction of the LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) is to strengthen the capacity of the staff of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA), also to improve their qualifications and retrain them in various fields, which will contribute to the successful performance of their activities and duties.
 

8/7/2020
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