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Public discussion of the National Report on the State of the Environment 2014-2017 implemented by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture was organized by the Environmental Information and Education Centre with the support of GIZ.

The meeting was opened by the Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture Nino Tandilashvili who thanked the audience for their participation in the public discussion and spoke to them about the importance of elaboration of the National Report on the State of the Environment and the involvement of the society in this process. 

The public discussion was attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Defence, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, experts and other stakeholders. 

Within the meeting, the draft of the national report was presented to the attendees after that the public discussion continued in the discussion format and the participants expressed their views and comments regarding the project.

The National Report is a summary of the information on the state of the environment, which is produced every four years and aims to inform decision-makers and society about the state of Georgia's environment. Several chapters of the national report project were developed with the support of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the US Agency for International Development.

The National Report covers such directions as the state of elements of the environment, other important environmental issues and risks, the impact of the economic sector on the environment and environmental governance.

 

 
10/23/2019

LEPL “Environmental Information and Education Centre” organized a presentation for the interested people of the policy document "the Strategy and Action Plan of Education for Sustainable Development".
Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture Nino Tandilashvili addressed to the participants of the meeting and spoke about the role of environmental education to reach sustainable development in the global and national context. 
The meeting was attended by representatives of Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, departments of Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Environmental Protection and Natural Resources and Education, Science and Culture Committees.
During the meeting, Director of the Environmental Information and Education Centre Tamar Aladashvili presented the document to the attendees and the project expert Tea Siprashvili introduced the action plan of the strategy to them.
Participants of the meeting expressed their opinions and comments regarding the above-mentioned document and agreed on future cooperation. 
The policy document "Strategy and Action Plan of Education for Sustainable Development'' is implemented by the Environmental Information and Education Centre with the financial support of GIZ.

10/21/2019

Within the Environmental Education week, different informational meetings were organized for the school students by the Environmental Information and Education Centre.

The Environmental Education week was opened by the awareness-raising event about the disasters risk reduction and early warning and various fan activities in Tbilisi Zoo. Within the Environmental Education Week, representatives of the centre and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture met up to 300 students of public and private schools from Tbilisi and regions. The meetings included the following topics: human environmental rights, climate change, threats to biodiversity, waste management and ambient air protection policy.

The Environmental Education week that aims to raise awareness of the society regarding the environmental issues was established during the world's first intergovernmental conference on environmental education. The first intergovernmental conference on environmental education was held on October 14, 1977, in Tbilisi by UNESCO and UNEP and defined the role of education to solve environmental problems.

Environmental education is complex teaching that builds environmental awareness, values and skills in the society. Its main purpose is to study the impact of human actions on the environment and find measures to solve environmental problems and to preserve, protect and improve the natural environment.

 

10/18/2019

From 21 to 23 October 2019, three information and consultation workshops will be held in the municipalities of Zugdidi, Tsageri and Ambrolauri discussing the development of management plans for the Emerald Network sites ‘Samegrelo 2’, ‘Ratcha-Lechkhumi’, and ‘Svaneti-Ratcha’.

The goal of the workshops is to inform local authorities about these sites, which are areas of special conservation interest, home to protected species and habitats. The workshops also mark the beginning of establishing cooperation activities with local communities to sustainably develop the areas. Experts will share knowledge and expertise on socio-economic impacts of biodiversity conservation, including on how to increase the value of traditional products, eco-tourism, etc.  

It is noted, that all three sites are especially rich in forest habitats and grassland, many of which were insufficiently covered by or were completely absent from the country’s Emerald Network before.  Mammals such as bear, wolf and lynx as well as river otter and many bat species are found at all three sites. These Emerald sites can significantly contribute to maintaining the so-called ‘favourable conservation status’ of key large mammal populations.

Participants at the workshops include representatives of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, the National Forestry Agency, the Mayors of Zugdidi, Tsageri, Ambrolauri, Oni, Mestia, Chckorotskhu, Martvili, Khoni, Lentekhi municipalities and other local participants who will discuss concrete conservations activities and cooperation possibilities for the longer term.

The Emerald Network development in Georgia
Development of the Emerald Network is an important international tool for the implementation of the 1979 Bern Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats. In 2009, Georgia joined the Convention, bringing the country’s obligations regarding the conservation of wildlife species and habitats in line with those in the EU and other countries. Currently, Georgia has adopted 39 Emerald sites, has 7 candidate sites and 12 proposed sites. Three of the 39 sites should have their management plans in place by 2023, the remaining 36 designated sites by 2024.

The workshops are organised in the framework of the EU-funded project "Support to implementation of the environmental provisions of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement" in cooperation with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture’s Environmental Information and Education Center. Through implementation of environmental commitments included in the EU-Georgia Association Agreement, the project is helping to better protect Georgian nature, decrease pollution and improve the quality of the air.

For more information:
Delegation of the European Union to Georgia
Mr. Tamriko Mikadze, Press and Information Officer, Delegation of the European Union to Georgia
E-mail: Tamriko.Mikadze@eeas.europa.eu
 
Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture
Ms. Mariam Sulkhanishvilli, National Focal Point of the Bern Convention
E-mail: Mariam.sulkhanishvili@mepa.gov.ge
 
Project Office at the MEPA                                         
Mr. Robert Bakx, Project Leader. E-mail: bakxrc@hotmail.com
 
10/17/2019

LEPL Environmental Information and Education Center of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia continues its information campaign on “Environmental Democracy - Human Rights and Responsibilities”.

 

Within the campaign, the training was held in Ozurgeti Municipality and was attended by representatives of the public sector, non-governmental organizations and media sector of Guria Region as well as the public schools' directors from the Guria municipalities. The training participants received information about the fulfilment of obligations under the Aarhus Convention and the importance of human environmental rights and access to environmental information. 

 

The above-mentioned trainings aim to facilitate the implementation of the obligations under the Aarhus Convention. The Aarhus Convention which Georgia joined in 2001, obliges the signatory countries to ensure access to environmental information, public participation in the decision-making process and access to justice in this field. 
 

The Environmental Information and Education Center will continue trainings on human environmental  rights and will cover the whole country by the end of the year.

 
10/16/2019

Legal Entity of Public Law - Environmental Information and Education Centre of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia continues an informational campaign that intends to hold trainings ,, Environmental Democracy - human rights and responsibilities’’ in the whole country. 

Within the campaign, head of the Education Projects Service of the centre Lasha Lobjanidze visited the Bulachauri’s Green Camp organized by CENN where he met the participant students of the Ecocamp with the representatives of the centre and spoke to them about the implementation of the responsibilities imposed by the Aarhus Convention and the role of human environmental rights and accessibility on the environmental information.  

The above-mentioned trainings aim to facilitate the implementation of the obligations under the Aarhus Convention. The Aarhus Convention which Georgia joined in 2001, obliges the signatory countries to ensure access to environmental information, public participation in the decision-making process and access to justice in this field.

 
10/2/2019

The Environmental Information and Education Centre continues to implement the textbook  ,,Pre-school Environmental Education’’ in the whole country to promote environmental education. With this purpose, the representatives of the centre trained preschool teachers and methodists in Racha-lechkhumi Kvemo Svaneti region and provided them with the educational resources.
The textbook Pre-school Environmental Education was  adopted within the school readiness program, which includes the theoretical issues and practical exercises suitable for the age. This manual unites three environmental topics: biodiversity around us, water and ground conservation and waste management.
The textbook has already implemented in Tbilisi Municipality, Kakheti, Guria, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Shida Kartli, Kvemo Kartli, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti and Imereti regions. Until the end of 2019 the textbook will be implemented in the whole country.

 

 
9/30/2019

Legal Entity of Public Law - Environmental Information and Education Center of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia continues an informational campaign that intends to hold trainings ,, Environmental Democracy - human rights and responsibilities’’ in the whole country.
Within the campaign, participants of the Green Camp for Young Leaders and Innovators organized by CENN visited the Environmental Information and Education Centre.
The director of the Environmental Information and Education Centre Tamar Aladashvili met the students and spoke to them about the implementation of the responsibilities imposed by the Aarhus Convention and the role of human environmental rights and accessibility on the environmental information.  
Implementation of the above-mentioned trainings aims to facilitate the implementation of the commitments of the Aarhus Convention. The Aarhus Convention which member  Georgia has became in 2001, obligates the signatory countries to provide the availability of environmental information, the participation of the society in the decision-making process and access to justice in this field. 
The Environmental Information and Education Centre will continue to hold the trainings regarding human environmental rights and responsibilities until the end of 2019.
The Green Camp is held by the support of the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural development.The main aim of this camp is to improve the accessibility on the knowledge for the youth toward the environment protection, sustainable development, science and technologies.

 
9/25/2019

The Environmental Information and Education Centre held an informational meeting with the Waldorf School students.

The head of the Service of Ambient Air Protection of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture Noe Megrelishvili met the students and spoke to them about the importance and history of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. The students also heard a presentation concerning the ozone layer, the current situation and achieved results of Georgia in this direction.

During the meeting the students got the information concerning the new contest of the centre that is supported by UNDP within the project ,,Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Promote Implementation of the Montreal Protocol'' and is dedicated to the celebration of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer with the slogan - ,,Protect the Ozone Layer- Protect the Earth’’. School Students of VII-XII classes, as well as University students and video graphic artists can participate in the contest.

 
9/24/2019

The Environmental Information and Education Centre held an informational meeting with the European School students dedicated to the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. 
The director of the Environmental Information and Education Centre Tamar Aladashvili, the head of the Service of Ambient Air Protection of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture Noe Megrelishvili and the representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) met the students, congratulated them on the new school year and spoke to them about the importance and history of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. The students also heard a presentation concerning the ozone layer, the current situation and achieved results of Georgia in this direction.
Tamar Aladashvili announced to the students the information concerning the new contest of the centre that is supported by UNDP within the project ,,Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Promote Implementation of the Montreal Protocol'' and is dedicated to the celebration of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer with the slogan - ,,Protect the Ozone Layer- Protect the Earth’’. School Students of VII-XII classes, as well as University students and video graphic artists can participate in the contest.
The meeting was held in the interactive format and the European School students got complete answers to their questions.

 
 
 
9/16/2019

Legal Entity of Public Law - Environmental Information and Education Center of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia has started an informational campaign that intends to hold trainings ,, Environmental Democracy - human rights and responsibilities’’ in the whole country.

Within the campaign, the first training was held in Ambrolauri and the participants of this meeting were the public sector of the municipalities of Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti region as well as representatives of non-governmental sector and print media of the region. The director of the Environmental Information and Education Centre Tamar Aladashvili addressed to the participants of the training and spoke to them about the implementation of the responsibilities imposed by the Aarhus Convention and the role of human environmental rights and accessibility on the environmental information.  The director of the centre emphasized the importance of the Environmental Information and Education Centre in informing the society and protecting environmental rights. 

Implementation of the above-mentioned trainings aims to facilitate the implementation of the commitments of the Aarhus Convention. The Aarhus Convention which member  Georgia has became in 2001, obligates the signatory countries to provide the availability of environmental information, the participation of the society in the decision-making process and access to justice in this field. 

The Environmental Information and Education Centre will hold the trainings regarding human environmental rights and responsibilities until the end of 2019 for the representatives of municipalities of all the regions of Georgia.

 
 
 
9/10/2019

Within the information campaign on biodiversity, the Environmental Information and Education Centre held informational meetings to raise awareness of the local community in Mtskheta-Mtianeti region.

The first part of the meetings was dedicated to the issues related to the regulation of the amount of wildlife, including legislative regulatory norms, regulatory procedures, causes and preventive measures of the attack from wild animals. In the second part of the meeting, the focus was on reptiles, their role and importance in ecosystems. During the meetings, with the help of experts, the participants learnt to detect poisonous and non-venomous snakes and to distinguish their bites from each other using morphological observation method and heard recommendations on how to behave in the case of meeting with snakes and being bitten by them.
Through the discussions, problematic issues related to the municipality were identified, on which the participants got the concrete recommendations from the field specialists.
The participants of the meetings were provided with the information brochures,, Learn More’’ and,, Wild Animals and Human’’.
Within the informational campaign on biodiversity, the Environmental Information and Education Centre will continue meetings in the municipalities of the whole country.

 
 

 

 
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