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The Environmental Information and Education Centre participated in the Green Camp organized by CENN.
Ekaterine Bendeliani, Deputy Director of the Centre presented the activities of the Environmental Information and Education Center and its current and planned projects. Particular attention was paid to the activities in which the teachers will be able to engage in the future and cooperate with the Centre.

Within the event, The head of the Ambient Air Protection Service of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture Noe Megrelishvili talked about ambient air pollutants, pollution sources and their impact on human health. He also spoke about  the current progress toward the improvement of ambient air quality and air quality monitoring and evaluation system.. The Head of The Ambient Air Protection Service represented to the audience the Ambient Air Quality Portal www.air.gov.ge that allows any interested person to continuously get information about the air quality from all the cities of Georgia where the air quality is being observed.

The meeting was held in the interactive format and the teachers received comprehensive answers to their questions.

 

7/18/2019

The Environmental Information and Education Centre got involved in the program of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia,, New School Model’’.

 

The representatives of the centre hold 5-day training about environmental issues for the selected curriculum experts. With the theoretical part, training also included a practical section in which the participants were working on the several types of tasks based on the theoretical issues. The practical tasks were containing a demonstration of environmental issues not only in the formal educational process but in non-formal education as well.

 

From September, in the schools selected for the program, retrained people will work for the facilitation of the teaching process of environmental issues and the activities composed during the training course will help them for that.

 

,, New School Model’’- is a part of the educational system’s reform. The aim of this reform is to create an educational environment that is oriented on the critical thinking and personality which will provide an adolescent with the knowledge and skills needed for the challenges of the 21st century.

 
7/16/2019

Educational Course,, Environmental Manager’’ has started at the Environmental Information and Education Centre.  The director of the centre Tamar Aladashvili addressed to the participants of the course and wished them a successful learning process. 

This course gives an opportunity to the companies to have a qualified and retrained environmental manager suitable for the modern standards, who will be able to develop/implement a waste management plan for the company and to control the environmental performance according to the requirements established by the Georgian legislation.

The educational course is managed by the highly experienced specialists in the field and the candidates presented by private companies as well as any other interested people can participate in it.
 
7/8/2019

Poster contest,, Perspectives of sustainable land management and combating desertification in Georgia’’ organized by the Environmental Information and Education Centre and REC Caucasus has held. 

During the event organized for the authors of the selected posters, Deputy Director of the Environmental Information and Education Centre Ekaterine Bendeliani addressed to the participants.

Within the event, the head of Land Resources Protection Division Nino Chikovani delivered a lecture-seminar on desertification issues to contest participants and participants represented their works as well.

Contest participants were awarded with certificates and the authors of the three best posters posted by the jury were awarded by the Biblus voucher. 

The contest was held within the project ,,Applying Landscape and Sustainable Land Management (L-SLM) for mitigating land degradation and reducing poverty in rural areas’’. This project is initiated by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (2016-2019),  financed by GEF, implemented by UNEP and executed by REC Caucasus.

The project objective is to support the integration of good Landscape and Sustainable Land Management (L-SLM) principles and practices into national policy and institutional framework to ensure the adoption of economically viable practices by rural communities. 

 
7/5/2019

,,Green Business Forum 2019’’ organized by the international fund "Green for Growth” was held at the hotel ,,Holiday Inn’’.  Nino Janelidze, the representative of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture and Giga Gigashvili, head of the Environmental Protection  Service of Tbilisi City Hall delivered speeches during the forum. 

 

During the speech, the rapporteurs talked about the facilitation of green economy and green business as well as the promotion of the small and medium enterprises.  Nino Janelidze, the representative of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture emphasized the importance of environmental awareness-raising among the society and the role of the Environmental Information and Education Centre toward this direction.

 

 The forum was held in a discussion format and any attendees could ask questions and fix their opinions.

 
7/2/2019

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia’s LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre organized an expert meeting within the project: “supporting of Implementation of the 6th national report about the Convention on Biological Diversity”.

The meeting aimed to represent and discuss the working report adopted by the experts.

The project is implementing by the Environmental Information and Education Centre with the financial and technical support of the Global Environmental Fund. Its main objective is to adopt the high-quality report based on the real data which will improve the decision-making process at the national level, in order to accomplish the objectives of the National Strategy and work plan on biological diversity and will facilitate reporting of the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

 
6/17/2019

The National Botanical Garden of Georgia hosted participants of the debates ,,Ecosystem Services or Infrastructure’’ organised by the Environmental Information and Education Centre.

Within the visit, the project participants learnt about the history and importance of the National Botanical Garden and collections presented in the garden and listened to the lecture on plant morphology and plant pests. The participants got acquainted with the process of producing herbarium and the laboratory research methods of pest insects. .

The project - ,, Debates: Ecosystem Services  or Infrastructure’’ was held on May 22 within the International Day for Biological Diversity and there were participating 12 students selected based on the application form.

6/10/2019

Children of Kindergarten N 181 of Tbilisi held an environmental event. After the event, children with their parents and invited people planted a tree.

In order to raise environmental awareness among preschool children, the guidebook,, Preschool Environmental Awareness’’ adopted by the Centre is implementing in all preschool institutions. The guidebook includes the topics about biodiversity protection, waste management and water and energy conservation. The event organized by the Children of Kindergarten N 181 was dedicated to those environmental topics.

 

 
6/7/2019


Within the World Environment Protection day, with the initiative of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture, public dialogue,,Reduce Air Pollution with Your Action’’ was held.

During the event, invited people with the specialists in this field discussed air pollutants and air pollution sources as well as their impact on human health and reforms needed to improve ambient air quality.

 

The event was opened by Levan Davitashvili, Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture. According to the Minister, environment protection and improvement of the current situation is one of the main priorities for the Government of Georgia. The country adopts many important activities to improve air quality.

 

,, Environment Protection needs a complex approach. With the right policy, reforms and activities adopted by the country, active involvement of the society is also particularly important to fix the existing challenges related to the environment protection. That is exactly why we are celebrating the World Environment Protection Day with experts, representatives of the media and NGO-s and those people, whose opinion is important and taken into account by the society. In my opinion, common responsibility and general effort will bring us effective results toward environmental protection and improving air quality.

 

At the beginning of the event, Environmental Ombudsman David Morisson, First Deputy Chairperson of the Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee Zaza Khutsishvili and Head of the  Alliance for Safe Roads Ekaterine Laliashvili addressed as well to the invited people.

 

The Representatives of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture and National Center for Disease Control and Public Health spoke about the air protection policy, adopted reforms and problems caused by air pollution.

 

The Environment Protection Day is celebrated annually on June 5 in the whole world with different activities. The World Environment Protection Day is also actively celebrated in Georgia that aims to raise awareness of the population about the environmental issues and involve them actively in overcoming these challenges.

 

On December 15 in 1971, The UN General Assembly designated 5 June as World Environment Day. With the initiative of the UN,  the UNEP every year choose one environmental issue. For 2019, The main slogan of the World Environment Protection Day is, Reduce Air Pollution with your Action’’.

 
6/6/2019

The “European Union Water Initiative Plus for the Eastern Partnership” (EUWI+) project, together with the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, organises local dialogues on the draft law of Georgia on “Water resources management” and River Basin Management Plan interim results. The local dialogues will take place in Kvareli, Sighnaghi, Telavi, Sagarejo, Bolnisi, Tetritskaro and Tianeti municipalities from 13 to 16 May, 2019. 
Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture, with the EUWI+ support, started  developing the Alaziani-Iori and Khrami-Debeda river basin management plans. The plans describes the environmental objectives for the river and the measures to achieve them.
As a continuation of the public consultation process, after the two consultation meetings held at regional level in Kakheti and Kvemo Kartli regions, public dialogue meetings will be organized at municipal level. Local dialogue will gather municipal representatives and local water stakeholders, as established by the European water framework directive, to seek their views on the future of Alazani/Iori or Khrami-Debeda River waters. 
This public dialogue gives opportunity to allow the diverse perspectives of a range of local representatives to be articulated clearly and in public in order that future programme of measures can better reflect these views, concerns and aspirations and also to improve local authorities’ understanding of their role in the reform of water resources management process. This dialogue is very important and the results will be taken into account for the next steps to develop the river basin plan in order to define objectives, mesures and actions to achieve them. 

A second consultation phase will be organised on the draft River Basin Management Plans and Programme of Measures in 2020.

Context:
Launched in September 2016 for a duration of four years, the EUWI+ project is the EU’s biggest commitment to the water sector in EaP countries. It supports the six partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) to align their legislation with EU policy on water management, with a focus on transboundary rivers. It provides support to the development of a long-term vision of water sector reforms in the Partner Countries. The project is implemented by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and an EU Consortium comprising the Austrian Environment Agency (Austria) and the International Office for Water (France).



Background information:
www.euwipluseast.eu
https://www.euneighbours.eu/en/east/stay-informed/projects/european-union-water-initiative-plus-eastern-partnership-euwi-4-eap 

Contact Information:
For further information please contact:

Alexandre Darras,
sector Coordinator, Delegation of the European Union to Georgia
alexandre.darras@eeas.europa.eu 

Yannick Pochon 
Programme Manager, IoW
y.pochon@oieau.fr   

Zurab Jincharadze 
EUWI+ East Project Representative in Georgia 
zurab.jincharadze@euwipluseast.eu 

Twitter handle: @EUenvironment
                @EUinGeorgia

5/10/2019

The Educational Course-Environmental Manager has started in the Environmental Information and Education Centre. The Director of the centre, Tamar Aladashvili addressed the participants and wished them a successful studying process.

 

This course gives an opportunity to the companies to have a qualified and retrained environmental manager suitable for the modern standards, who will be able to develop/implement a waste management plan for the company and to control the environmental performance  according to the Georgian legislative requirements.

 

The educational course is managed by the highly experienced specialists in the field and the candidates presented by private companies as well as any other interested persons can participate in the education course.

 
4/17/2019

 

In order to promote Environmental Education in pre-schools, the representatives of the Environmental Information and Education Centre held  trainings for pre-school educators and methodologists from Sachkhere and Chiatura Municipalities.

 

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. It unites three environmental topics: biodiversity around us, water and ground conservation and waste management.

 

The textbook is already implemented in Tbilisi Municipality, Kakheti, Guria, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Shida and Kvemo Kartli regions and actually is implementing in Imereti and Samtskhe-Javakheti.

 

Until the end of 2019, the textbook Pre-school Environmental Education will be implemented in the whole country.

 
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