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.
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).
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).