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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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