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Meeting with population of village Ianeti of Samtredia municipality

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On August 17, within the framework of  the project “ Clean Up Georgia “ (phase III) a community  meeting was held in village Ianeti, organized by  Samtredia regional  coordinator of the  Greens Movement of Georgia / Friends of the Earth – Georgia. The purpose of the meeting was to provide  the audience with information on planned activities within the project, which includes the  settlement of  waste-related problems in the regions and  rural areas and promotion of  awareness-raising campaigns  among the local population.

At the meeting the  local coordinator provided  information to the presented audience about the dangers,  that can  be caused by haphazardly discarded waste into the environment. The conversation was  based on the examples of  leading countries of Europe, where the mentioned  problem has already  been resolved, with active participation of ordinary citizens in its settlement.

The meeting indicated the problems faced by local residents. It was noted, that the rural ambulance signed a contract with LLC “Eco-Medical Group”  to remove medical waste, but the latter does not perform this service; In the third district of Ianeti village in the direction of the village  Etseri, an illegal landfill occurs, which creates intolerable conditions for the residents; In the vicinity of  river  Gubistskali , sand and gravel are extracted on the territory of the village, which destroys pastures and damages the cultivated lands of the population. The meeting was attended by 14 local residents.

The meeting has been conducted 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.

Meeting with population of village Gumbara , Tskaltubo municipality

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On August 17, 2017, within the framework of  the project “ Clean Up Georgia “ (phase III) community  meeting was held in village Gumbara, organized by  Tskaltubo regional  coordinator of the  Greens Movement of Georgia / Friends of the Earth – Georgia on waste management problems existing in the municipality.

At the meeting  local coordinator provided  information to presented audience on problems related to  waste management in Georgia, obligations of municipalities and world experience in the field of waste management.

The meeting aroused great interest of the audience, based on the urgency of the problem .The participants have noted, that mentioned problems still remain unresolved in the village and expressed their readiness to actively participate in all initiatives that will be implemented in the country and in their municipality. The meeting was attended by 18 local residents.

The meeting has been conducted 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.

Meeting with population of village Tskaltubo of Tskaltubo municipality

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On August 19, within the framework of  the project “ Clean Up Georgia “ (phase III) a community  meeting was held in village Tskaltubo, organized by  Tskaltubo regional  coordinator of the  Greens Movement of Georgia / Friends of the Earth – Georgia. The purpose of the meeting was to provide the audience with information on planned activities within the project, which include the  settlement of  waste-related problems in the regions and  rural areas and promotion of  awareness-raising campaigns  among the local population.

At the meeting the  local coordinator provided  information to the presented audience about the dangers,  that can  be caused by haphazardly discarded waste into the environment. The conversation was  based on the examples of  leading countries of Europe, where the mentioned  problem has already  been resolved, with active participation of ordinary citizens in its settlement.

The meeting indicated the problems faced by local residents. It was noted, that the mentioned problems still remain unsolved in the village, and waste is often discarded accidentally into the environment. The participants expressed their readiness to actively participate in all initiatives that will be aimed at alleviating problems related to waste.The meeting was attended by 19 local residents.

The meeting has been conducted 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.

 

 

Civil society organizations cooperate with government and other stakeholders on a gender-sensitive NAMA for sustainable energy in rural areas

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The project “Civil society organizations cooperate with government and other stakeholders on a gender-sensitive NAMA for sustainable energy in rural areas” is coordinated by Greens Movement in partnership with WECF, Rural Communities Development Agency (RCDA), Georgian Ecological Agricultural Association (SEMA) and Social Development Center Akhaltsikhe (SDCA).

The main components of the action were, to develop and write the NAMA in close cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and other relevant stakeholders, including conducting relevant studies on the baseline situation and market research.

The project envisaged the preparation of NAMA preparatory work to facilitate the implementation to go to the low-cost economy and working out on the NAMA plan together with the stakeholders. The project aim was alsoto develop financial mechanisms, including a specific financing window for vulnerable people and women groups to ensure the action is inclusive and contributes to poverty reduction. Furthermore, the project raised awareness among the regional implementation partners, small and medium enterprises, regional and local authorities, and the local population through meetings, round tables, leaflets and other publications. In order for the production and installation process of 10.000 solar collectors and stoves were smoothed, the project built the capacity of five construction teams (one per region).  The teams organized in ‘help desks’ based on the resource centers and or local enterprises. They were trained in hands on practical trainings in all aspects of construction, installation, maintenance and monitoring (including MRV, which stands for measurable, reportable and verifiable) of collectors and stoves.

Within the framework of the project, the household database was collected and prepared. A according to the current data, there are 10000 signatures from households who have expressed willingness to receive solar water heaters and fuel efficient stoves.

An important aspect is sharing experiences and lessons learned on the UNFCCC level, so that other countries can benefit from these experiences. Advocacy for the suitable political framework is another component of the project, carried out in parallel to the previous project ‘turn on the sun – live in comfort.

At this stage, the Greens Movement of Georgia / Friends of the Earth-Georgia set up 50 solar water heater equipment and 50 fuel efficient stoves.

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