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Levan Davitashvili met with Jerzy Plewa

Under the frame of the working visit, the Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia,  Levan Davitashvili met with the Director General of the Agriculture Directorate of the European Commission Jerzy Plewa. At the meeting, the Minister underlined the importance of the implementation of agricultural and rural development strategies and drew his attention to the significance of the program ENPARD (European Neighborhood Program for Agriculture and Rural Development)."EU support in agricultural and rural development is very important for our country. We have a new strategy; We receive assistance from the European Union under the frame of the ENPARD. Therefore, the cooperation with the EU is very important for us and it should be continued in the future as well "- said Levan Davitashvili.The Director General of the Agriculture Directorate of the European Commission expressed readiness for future cooperation. The Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Levan Davitashvili, invited Mr. Plewa to Georgia to get familiar with the reforms implemented in the field of agriculture.The Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Levan Davitashvili along with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Head of Mission of Georgia to the European Union, Natalie Sabanadze and First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Nodar Kereselidze attended the meetings in Brussels.
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Protected Areas of Georgia will receive the grant in amount of 1, 100 000 EUR

8 protected Areas of Georgia will receive the grant in amount of 1, 100 000 EUR from the Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF). The grant will be allocated within the frameworks of the trilateral grant agreement signed at the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture. The Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Giorgi Khanishvili, Acting Chairperson of the Agency of Protected Areas, Valerian Mchedlidze and Executive Director of Caucasus Nature Fund George Giacomini signed the agreement. Within the framework of the Grant Agreement, trainings are planned to advance the qualifications of the staff of the protected areas. The auto park will be renewed, which is one of the most important components of the technical equipment process of the Georgian probation system.Executive Director of Caucasus Nature Fund George Giacomini emphasized the importance of financial support for the people who care about nature conservation.At the meeting, Deputy Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture Gela Khanishvili stressed the importance of the cooperation with international donor organizations and the support from their side in various directions.
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Tree-planting Campaigns organized at 300 Aragveli Square

On the initiative of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, with relevance to the Earth Day, the tree-planting campaigns were conducted at 300 Aragveli Square. Nino Tandilashvili, Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture participated in the campaign together with the journalists. Within the scope of the event, according to the urban green space standards, the maple and oak seedlings were planted.The Municipal Service of the Environmental Protection of Tbilisi City Hall will ensure maintenance of plants.The Earth Day has been marked since 1970. The idea for a national day to focus on the environment, came to the Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, which resulted oceans being polluted and water dwellers dyeing.  Nelson inspired 20 million Americans to defend the Earth. Earth Day is one of the largest environmental events throughout the world, with over 17,000 organizations and millions of volunteers from 175 countries around the world to participate.The Earth Day was first celebrated in Georgia in 1990 and since then, it has joined many organizations and volunteers who carry out various types of environmental activities throughout the country.
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'' Tbilisi Tea Festival"

The Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Giorgi Khanishvili opened Tea and Honey International Festival in Mtatsminda Park, which was organized by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture together with the Tea Producers Association and Mtatsminda Park.The main objective of the festival is to encourage economic growth in tourism, to implement joint economic regional projects, support of local medium and small scale producers, popularization of natural tea among consumers and sell products at the domestic market." Today, tea and honey are displayed for visitors and consumers, tea importers also take part in the festival. The festival is currently progressing well, new companies are emerging and existing ones are fast growing each year. The role of similar events is great in preserving and further developing traditional cultures, which consequently contributes to the revival of tea sector in the region- "Giorgi Khanishvili said.The President of Tea Producers Association, Tengiz Svanidze underlined the importance of the festival and noted, that since 2005 he has engaged many participants to take part in similar events, which promote the popularization of the tea sector.  About 10 Georgian companies and foreign producers participated in the festival. The festival presented unique types of tea and honey.The Members of Parliament and Georgian Government, as well as representatives of embassies accredited in Georgia took part in "Tbilisi Tea Festival.
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Earth Day is celebrated on April 22

The International Day of the Earth celebrated on April 22 is marked by 175 countries worldwide. Since 1990, Georgia has joined the list of these countries. The First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Nodar Kereselidze together with partner organizations and representatives of diplomatic corps introduced participants with the large scale environmental campaigns held throughout the world. This year's main message is mobilizing the world to end the plastic pollution.The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, after witnessing the ravages of the massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. More than three million gallons of oil spewed, killing over 10,000 sea animals."It is very important, that by enacting of state regulations, the use of plastic bags will be reduced and we will avoid pollution of the environment in the future. Georgian Government adopted  the resolution on "Rules for Regulation of Plastics and Biodegradable Bags", which has been developed by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture. The necessity of introduction of these regulations was caused by the sharp rise in the use of plastic bags in the country, which in turn has created a significant problem for the environment. The technical regulation defines main requirements related to the plastic and oxo degradable plastic bags, their production, sale and import on the territory of Georgia" -said Nodar Kereselidze.It should be noted, that the society should increase awareness and actively engage itself in large-scale environmental campaigns related to the earth day that are planned throughout the country.The large scale environmental campaign will be officially launched in Georgia. The campaign aims to involve government sector, private companies, non-governmental organizations and local residents in the clean and green environmental events. Companies, organizations and all interested parties can take responsibility and take care of any places they wish - road, park, hiking trail, street - for three years. Up to 15 representatives of private, public and non-governmental sectors has already joined the campaign.Under the frame of the project "Clean up Georgia - Clean up the World", Georgia has announced a competition "Clean Region" for the third time this year. Within the frame of the competition, all municipalities will clean up the polluted spaces. The cleanest region, clean municipality, clean city / borough, clean village / community and beautiful yard will be revealed."I would like to thank international and partner organizations for their active cooperation and support in the implementation of these important activities" Nodar Kereselidze said.Today's event was attended by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden, Martina Quick, USAID/Georgia Economic Growth Office Director Veronica Lee, Head of Development Cooperation of Sweden in Georgia Molly Lien, Greens Movement of Georgia /Nino Chkhobadze, Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN) Executive Director Nana Janashia, Union of Nature Researchers in Georgia "Orkisi" and "Ecological Consciousness and Waste Management".  
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Nodar Kereselidze met with the Future Public Servants from Belarus

The First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Nodar Kereselidze met with future public servants participating in the Educational Program of the School of Young Managers in Public Administration (SYMPA) of the Republic of Belarus.At the meeting, Nodar Kereselidze introduced students with the main directions under the consolidated Ministry and drew his attention to the implemented and ongoing agrarian and environmental projects. The First Deputy Minister brought forward 8,000 years of continuous tradition of Georgian wines, the rules of wine making and export potential of Georgian products.It is noteworthy, that the SYMPA educational program is carried out annually for the intellectual public sector employees working in Belarus aiming to improve the governance system in the Republic of Belarus by studying the experience of successful reformer countries.The meeting was held at the National Wine Agency of Georgia.
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The issues adresing international experience in sustainable forest management have been discussed at the meeting

The high rank officials discussed issues related to the exchange of European experience in Forest Information and Monitoring System. The meeting held at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture was organized under the frame of the European Union Twinning project "Strengthening Sustainable Management of Forests in Georgia" .The Deputy Minister, Solomon Pavliashvili brought forward issues related to the development of the forest monitoring models in the country, he stressed the importance of the German International Cooperation Society (GIZ) engagement in the project and GIZ financial support in planning national inventory process.In order to get familiar with the models of forest information and monitoring systems in Europe Lithuanian, Hungarian, Slovak, German and German experts presented examples and cases of their countries."Forest Information and Monitoring System is one of the most important tools to make effective decision-making and efficient planning in the forest sector. It is very important for us to share international experience in sustainable forest management system and I would like to thank representatives of diplomatic corps and foreign experts involved in the project for their cooperation and willingness to share their experience with Georgian partners " - said Solomon Pavliashvili.Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to Georgia Giedrius Puodžiūnas, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary to Georgia Victoria Horvath, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Slovakia to Georgia Rudolf Michalka, Carlo Amirgulashvili, Head of Biodiversity and Forest Department of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture, representatives of the NGOs and other representatives of the Ministry attended the meeting.