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The officials discussed projects supported by the Republic of Estonia

The First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Nodar Kereselidze met with the Director General of the External Economic and Development Cooperation Department, of the Ministry of  Foreign Affairs,  Jüri Seilenthal.The projects implemented in Georgia with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia were evaluated by participants, who also discussed new directions of mutually beneficial cooperation.Nodar Kereselidze gave a detailed account of the project implemented with the support of Estonia in the National Food Agency, which significantly contributed to the development of the dairy sector. The Deputy Minister stressed, that the development of the livestock breeding is the priority for the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture as well as sharing Estonians experience purposing to increase livestock productivity and improve disease control system.According to the Director General of the External Economic and Development Cooperation Department, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  Jüri Seilenthal Estonian government supports Georgia to implement a new project and promote the development of the livestock sector in the country.
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Levan Davitashvili hosted Johannes Dopffel

The Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Levan Davitashvili met with Johannes Dopffel, the representative of the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany (BWZ).At the meeting, the sides highlighted current projects and brought forward future cooperation issues. The Minister made a detailed account of the implemented and ongoing projects and underlined the importance of the financial and technical assistance provided by the Federal Republic of Germany and thanked Johannes Dopffel for their support.According to Levan Davitashvili, under the consolidated Ministry, Georgian Government defined environmental directions as the top priority. The Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture spoke about the ongoing forest reform being underway in Georgia and highlighted the importance of the Forests Development Project and New Forest Code of Georgia, he also noted, that Georgia is a reliable partner to the Federal Republic of Germany and expressed his wish and interest to further deepen cooperation towards the development of protected areas and forestry sector. BWZ representative approved Georgia’s vision and its commitment to promote the development of the environmental sector in the country.The First Deputy Minister, Nodar Kereselidze attended the meeting.  
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Levan Davitashvili paid a visit to France

The Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Levan Davitashvili is attending the 86th General Session of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Paris, France.At the opening ceremony, Levan Davitashvili addressed the delegates with a welcoming speech."We actively cooperate with the World Health Organization (OIE) and have tangible results – in terms of developing infrastructure, vaccines to different diseases, new and modern standards are implemented, which has been positively reflected on the export potential of our country," said Levan Davitashvili.At the general session Agriculture Ministers of various countries and representatives of diplomatic corps delivered speeches. The participants were focused on new challenges, they discussed issues how to prevent risks and strengthen supervision under the frame of  the globalization, they also expressed their integrated approaches. Within the framework of the General Session, Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture Levan Davitashvili together with Nodar Kereselidze, First Deputy Minister and Ambassador of Georgia to France Ekaterine Siradze-Delone, met with the Director General of the World Health Organization (OIE), Monik Elua.on September 17-21 of the current year, the World Health Organization Regional Commission 28th Conference will be held in Georgia was noted at the meeting. Levan Davitashvili stressed,  that this decision is a recognition of Georgia to have a success in the field of animal health and welfare.
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Meeting with the Delegation of the Jiangxi province, People's Republic of China

The Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Giorgi Khanishvili met with the members of the Jiangxi province, People's Republic of China.At the meeting, Giorgi Khanishvili spoke about close economic relations between Georgia and China and drew his attention to the growing dynamics in Georgian wine export in China. The Deputy also stressed the importance of Georgian houses, which were opened in the People's Republic of China to boost the popularization of Georgian wine.The sides considered investment opportunities in Georgia, highlighted issues related to the free trade agreement and noted, that the agreement will make trade relations more flexible and dynamic and will further bring closer the economy of the two countries.At the meeting, the Chinese side expressed their wish to deepen agricultural cooperation with Georgia, they stressed the importance of the development of tea culture, agricultural equipment and greenhouse industries, which play an influential role in the economic growth of the country.
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Levan Davitashvili got acquainted with the activities undertaken to combat the brown marmorated stink bug invasion in Western Georgia

Levan Davitashvili met with farmers in village, Tkhviri,  Abasha municipality and got familiar with the ongoing activities. The Minister visited coordination center, where the data is continually updated and reflected on the interactive map identifying areas of high invasion risk.  On the basis of the data analysis, pesticide treatments are planned to be implemented. Along with the hotline, the phone messaging system is also activated to inform population about the undertaken measures."Coordination center works in an organized, continuous manner, considering the planning scheme developed by the Ministry. 2017 was the challenging first year. In this period we have gained an experience how to fight against the Asian stink bug’’ -said the Minister.The Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture together with the head of the National Food Agency, Zurab Chekurashvili, head of the Coordination HQ, Lasha Shalamberidze and representatives of the local government visited cornfields in Anjeli array and inspected monitoring systems.Approximately 10 000 pheromone traps as a lure and trap and kill stations are installed nearby protected areas, in forests and buffer zones to prevent or mitigate invasive species establishment or movement from forest to different agricultural crops. As of today, state owned 30 thousand hectares are processed by thermal fogging, while 1,000 hectares - with cold spraying in the municipalities of Samegrelo, Guria, Imereti and Adjara regions, where the invasive pest is widely spread, treatment activities were implemented through using special equipment and off-road vehicle.  
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Levan Davitashvili hosted the representatives of the Chinese Company

The Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Levan Davitashvili held a meeting with the representatives of the Chinese Company ‘’Emeishan Gongping Environmental Technology’’. The project to build a waste tire recycling plant in Georgia was discussed at the meeting. The Chinese side has been focused on the importance of the enterprise, which apart from tires, envisages recycling of nylon pellets, stainless steel beads and rubber products.According to the statistical data, the number of residual tires amounts to 13 500 tons per year. The wasted tires significantly pollute the environment was noted at the presentation. At the initial stage the Chinese company plans to invest 25 million dollars. The final decision on the opening of the enterprise will be discussed in the nearest future, when the permit on assessing the environmental impact will be issued in line with the " Waste Management Code’’ and "Environmental Assessment Code."The First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Nodar Kereselidze, Deputy Minister, Giorgi Khanishvili, Executive Director of the Chinese Company Mr. Yun Chen, co-founders of the company DeLiang Wang and Li Poe attended the meeting.
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The National Report on the State of the Environment is underway to develop

hree-day workshop aiming to develop National Report on the State of the Environment was held at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Tbilisi. The experts from the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the Slovak Environment Agency (SEA) headed the meeting.The representatives of other governmental agencies along with the officials of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture and its agencies participated in the workshop.The National Report on the state of Environment prepared once in four years is regarded as a summarizing document of all existing information on the state of the environment of Georgia. The collaboration with international experts as well as sharing their experience is very important for us especially in the national report development process- was noted by the representative of the Environment and Climate Change Department of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Lasha Akhalaia.The Head of the National Statistics Office of Georgia, Agricultural and Environmental Statistics Division, Vasil Tsakadze underlined the importance of this workshop and noted, that the experience shared by the International experts will help to determine environmental indicators and assessing status of the environment conditions and trends.The Workshop was conducted under the " Implementation of the principles and practices of the Shared Environmental Information System in the Eastern Partnership countries (ENI SEIS II East), which was funded by the European Neighborhood Instrument (ENI) and contributed to sharing environmental information to the public.The implementation of the principles and practices of the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) improves the quality of environmental information, thus contributing to effective and knowledge-based policy making. It is noteworthy, that the four-year project is implementing the principles of Shaired Environmental Information Systems (SEIS), which is based on the activities carried out in six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) in 2010-2015. The goal of the project is to enhance relations between EU and Eastern Partnership countries through strengthening environmental governance and protection.The project analyzes the situation in the following areas: air pollution and climate change, water resources, biodiversity, land resources, agriculture, energy, transport and waste and will be continued until 2019.