At the initiative and organization of the Greens Movement of Georgia / Friends of the Earth-Georgia, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia and with support of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia a meeting took place in connection with the announcement of the contest “Clean Region ” in the House of Justice as part of “Clean Up Georgia” campaign .
The contest “Clean Region” was first announced in Georgia within the framework of the campaign “Clean up Georgia” in 2015 and its purpose was to identify the most clean region, municipality and village. The winners of the 2015 competition were Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region, Akhmeta municipality and village Chitakatskaro – Zugdidi municipality. This year, the competition is held for the second time.
In 2017, unlike previous competition the contest “Clean Region” will be held in six nominations, such as Clean City; Clean Street; Clean Region; Clean Municipality; Clean Village; Beautiful Yard.
During the meeting held in the House of Justice, Community Centers of Public Service Development Agency of the Ministry of Justice in the regions were involved through direct connection : Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Kvemo Kartli, Shida Kartli, Imereti, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Samegrelo – Zemo Svaneti and Guria, Representatives of regional organizations of the Greens Movement of Georgia / Friends of the Earth-Georgia and local coordinators of the project “Clean up Georgia Phase III” attended together with representatives of local authorities.
During the meeting the manager of the project “Clean up Georgia Phase III” presented the results of activities carried out in the regions within the framework of the project as well as planned activities in this direction, in which representatives of partner organizations also took part.
The regional representatives were welcomed by Ms. Nino Chkhobadze – Co-Chair of the Greens Movement / Friends of the Earth – Georgia; Mr. Gigla Agulashvili – Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia: Mr. Alexander Baramidze- Acting Minister of Justice; Representatives of Swedish International Development Agency – Ms. Elsa Hastad – Assistant Director General, Eurolatin, Sida; Ms.Mirja Peterson – Head of Division for Environment, Market Development and Eastern Europe, Sida; Ms. Molly Lien – Head of Development Cooperation/ Deputy Head of Mission.
At the meeting Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection Mr. Gigla Agulashvili announced the contest “Clean Region”. Information about the terms of the competition will be distributed through social networks and sent to all regions. Summing up of received information will be made by the Greens Movement of Georgia . The winners will be nominated at the end of October and will be awarded.
“Clean Up Georgia” campaign is carried out within the framework of the project “Clean Up Georgia” (Phase III) and implemented by NGO consortium Greens Movement of Georgia/Friends of the Earth Georgia, Georgian Society of Nature Explorers “Orchis, “Ecological Awareness and Waste Management” with financial support of Swedish Government and in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia and Solid Waste Management Company.