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Minister Davitashvili: “I would like to congratulate for each and every citizen of Georgia for recognizing four more protected territories by the UNESCO”

“Moreover, the Prime Minister has accurately stressed out that Georgia’s unique wildlife has been enlisted under the USESCO’s World Heritage list; the respective development is not a victory only for Georgia but for the whole region and the Black Sea area. This is an international recognition, which will ensure that Georgia appears on the global map as a country with an outstanding biodiversity and that is a pride for the world and not only Georgia. We are thrilled to have Georgia being recognized by the UNESCO yet again. We have launched working on the nomination in 2019 and I shall stress out contributions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, apart from our Ministry, which resulted into today’s decision” – Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr Levan Davitashvili stated. 
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Minister Davitashvili: “We are launching agricultural-farming mechanization program from September”

“Upon an initiative of the Prime Minister of Georgia, we have promised our population to ensure co-funding of the mechanization, which is set forth in the 10-year plan for agricultural development. The respective programming is of utmost importance for the population, who reside at villages and are engaged into farming. This is a core request and demand from our citizens, which we have numerously recorded during our visits. Therefore, we have decided to significantly increase funding to the project, which we had been also operating throughout the previous years. Starting from September, we will accept applications from applicants willing to be part of the program. We will deploy grant co-funding, thus, making it possible to issue a part of equipment’s costs as a grant; as for the remaining amount – we will fund the latter through preferential, credit or lease resources. We will empower our population with significant resources to purchase agricultural-farming mechanization, that had been a challenge for them. We will enable funding for small mechanization – up to 20, 000 GEL for equipment; as for medium mechanization – we will enable funding between 20, 000 to 100, 000 GEL for purchasing equipment; a large mechanization will enjoy funding for equipment exceeding 100, 000 GEL. The latter entails major equipment, as well as all the amenities,  required by our citizens for agricultural-farming activities” – Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr Levan Davitashvili stated at the session of the Government. Worth of the agricultural-farming mechanization program is 50 million GEL. The program is implemented by the Agricultural and Rural Development Agency and entails procurement of an equipment that shall be new. Within the co-funding, a total amount per beneficiary shall be determined in a following manner: in case an equipment to be procured is up to 20, 000 GEL, then, the co-funding of the latter equipment shall be 35 % of the total cost; co-finding of an equipment worth of 20, 000 – 100, 000 GEL is 35 %; in case, co-funding of equipment is not less than 100, 000 GEL, then, co-funding shall be 30 % of the total cost. The same terms will be applied to the LTD “Agricultural Logistics and Services Company” upon funding agricultural-farming equipment, including purchase of harvesters. Applications to the program will be accepted in an electronic format; potential entries will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.     
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Announcing the winners of the first National Agrarian Olympic Tournament

Georgia has commented the first Olympic tournament and the winners have been awarded by the Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr Levan Davitashvili and Mr Mamuka Meskhi, Assistant Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in Georgia.  “The National Agrarian Olympic Tournament has embraced attendance of specialists, farmers, students and pupils. In frames of the Tournament, highly competent tests have been drafted. Frankly speaking, we have successfully organized the first Tournament, that has cultivated a beautiful tradition and has fulfilled the expectations, which has also resulted into number of applicants. The Tournament has a capacity to boost interest on the rural-agrarian field, as well as agricultural development, in the future. I am convinced that we will have more applicants interested in the tournament; more winners will ensure an increased visibility of environmental education and agricultural development” – Minister Davitashvili stated.  The Agrarian Olympic Tournament entails four categories – specialist, student, farmer and pupil. The competition thematic spans across 7 areas – agronomy, veterinary, wine technology, food technology, mechanization, forestry and combined matters for pupils (agriculture, biodiversity, environmental protection and ecology). The national platform has embraced 755 applications; the two-stage selection process has identified 37 winners of the first National Agrarian Olympic Tournament. “We have awarded the winners of the first National Olympic Competition; I would like to extend my special appreciation toward the school pupils, who are our future. The pupils have not yet chosen their career paths and are already interested into agriculture and are applying for the contest. I do regard the latter aspect of the Competition as an immense achievement” - Mamuka Meskhi, Assistant FAO Representative in Georgia. The tournament was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC)'s South Caucasus Office and the Association for the Agriculture Development. The partners of the Tournament are the USAID Agriculture Program, GRETA / Green Economy project: sustainable mountain tourism and organic agriculture, the Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN), Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC). 
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Deputy Minister Solomon Pavliashvili attends the meeting on “EU4Environment”

Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr Solomon Pavliashvili attended a working meeting in frames of the EU4Environment project, which enjoyed presence of 25 attendees from various state institutions. In the course of the sessions, the national strategy and national plan for waste management (2016 – 2020) and an entailing priorities and needs have been identified; moreover, attendees scrutinized new action plan (2016 – 2020). “Elaboration of the new national action plan for waste management will be of highest priority upon deployment of the circular economy” – Deputy Minister stated. At the working meeting, Bruno Pozzi, the Director of the Europe Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) briefed about the efforts from the Georgian counterparts for harmonizing the EU Directives to local system of waste management. “The UNEP will proceed working with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, to ensure deployment of the successful practice, as well as elaborating the national action plan for the period of 2022 – 2026”- Mr Pozzi stated. The project EU4Environment is a regional initiative, which is implemented by the Europe Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), together with the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus). 
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Environmental campaign targeting on the youth

Do you care about environmental issues? Would you like to spread awareness for the value of forests and energy efficiency?The programme “Management of natural resources and safeguarding of ecosystem services for sustainable rural development in the South Caucasus” (ECOserve) is announcing a call for proposals for NGOs to raise awareness on Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) incl. Energy Efficiency/Alternative Energy (EE/AE) in particular engage  the youth in different activities on national level and locally in Akhmeta municipality through their awareness raising and educationThe objective of the call is to support the identification and implementation of gender-specific awareness raising measures on SFM incl. EE/AE with the special focus on youth (Age group: 14 to 29).We are interested in innovative, creative ideas. The proposals from NGOs should be submitted in English language on E-mail: ECOserve@giz.de describing how to inform and educate young people about:•The value of forests (in terms of ecosystem services, climate change mitigation and adaptation).•Energy Efficiency - related to the use of firewood and insulation.Proposal should include:•Introduction/description of the NGO (half page)•Content of the campaign, including key messages and how they will be communicated (2 pages)•Timetable of the planned campaign (1 page)•Detailed budget (max. 1 page)•Answers to the given questions (see questions attached)NGOs will be provided with: Environmental KAP survey – knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) related to the management of natural resources and safeguarding of ecosystem services for sustainable rural development in Georgia (1) and Forest Sector Communication Strategy and action plan (2). These documents may serve as a guide and inspiration for your proposals.Who can participate? -  Any NGO can apply for the call, no matter how big their experience is. Allocated budget: up to GEL 100,000.Deadline for the submission: 9th of August.A jury consisting of GIZ, MEPA, NFA and RDA representatives will evaluate the proposals. Feedback will be provided by 16th of August.Implementation period is 10 weeks and should take place from 6th of September to 15th of November 2021.For additional questions please contact:Mariam TatarashviliTel.: 599961121;E-mail: mariam.tatarashvili@giz.de