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June 17 is the International Day to Combat Desertification. This day is celebrated with different activities
in those countries which are parties of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

Celebrating the International Day to Combat Desertification, the Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA), organized a webinar for the “Eco-leaders School” students.

The seminar was attended by up to 30 school students.

During the webinar, Director of EIEC Tamar Aladashvili spoke about the land degradation problem, pathways to combat it and activities planned/implemented in Georgia in this mater and underlined the importance of the awareness-raising and involvement of population of vulnerable municipalities as well as other stakeholders, especially the young people.

The seminar was led by the Executive Director of the Regional Environmental Center for the Caucasus (REC) Sopiko Akhobadze who discussed the existing challenges in Dedoplistskaro, Akhmeta and Gardabani Municipalities towards land degradation and ways to solve them.

The head of the Land Resources Division of MEPA Nino Chikovani who is a national focal person responsible for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification also participated in the seminar. She spoke about the international processes and the role of Georgia in global challenges.

“Eco-leaders school is an educational program launched by EIEC that aims to teach the young generation environmental issues and raise their awareness in this field.
 
6/17/2020

Within the framework of the project of the Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA), the UN Development Program (UNDP) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF), a work meeting has been held with the regional coordinators of the project.

The meeting was opened by the Director of EIEC Tamar Aladashvili who spoke about the importance of support for awareness-raising and capacity building in the process of reduction of climate change-driven natural disasters and implementation of planned activities.

On the work meeting, municipal representatives have been informed on the goals and objectives of the GCF funded project and activities implemented, running and planned under it. Those activities intend to enlarge the multi-hazards early-warning system and gain and use information related to climate change as well as to reduce the impact of the climate change-driven hazards on the living environment and infrastructure. The information gained through the meeting will help the representatives of municipalities to ensure the involvement and participation of the local governance, educational institutions, local media and community-based organizations in the project activities.

Along with the regional coordinators, the work meeting was participated by the experts of MEPA, EIEC, NEA (the National Environment Agency of Georgia), UNDP and UNEP.

The project “Reducing the Risk of Climate Change-driven Disasters in Georgia” with a budget of 74 million US$ will last 7 years and aims to reduce the risk of climate change-driven natural disasters, develop the early-warning system and implement an efficient national system for managing multi-faceted hazards that will ensure protection of 1.7 million people living in Georgia from flood, drought, avalanche and another climate change-driven natural disasters.

 

6/16/2020
The representatives of relevant services of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia work on the development of the Water Information System of Georgia. The Water Information System is being developed within the framework of the implementation of the principles and practices of the Shared Environmental Information System in the Eastern Partnership countries (ENI SEIS II East) with the financial and technical support of the European Environmental Agency.

The Water Information System of Georgia will contribute to the implementation of the water recourses integrated management. The functions and design of the Water System of Georgia are analogical to the Water Information System of Europe (WISE). In the system, it will be possible to have access to the water-related national policy, legislation and information on other principal issues, quantitative and qualitative data on water resources and maps. Georgian citizens will be able to get water resources-related information and also, to compare national rates to the rates of the European Union member countries.

The Georgian Water Information System will be accessible to the public until the end of 2020. To get informed about the skills needed for managing the water information systems, a two-day training course for Georgian experts has been held with the support of the European Environmental Agency.

The responsible entity to the management of the Georgian Water Information System will be the Environmental Information and Education Centre of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia.
 
6/10/2020
During the state of emergency, the Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) conducted webinars towards environment protection and agriculture for students of different ages on topics such as:
  • Waste management
  • Biodiversity
  • Soil degradation
  • Climate change
  • Ambient air protection
  • History of wine
  • History of Georgian vine
  • Human environmental rights
  • Sustainable development goals
 
In this time, the webinars organized by EIEC were attended by 583 persons. Along with the end of the school year, webinars for school-children have been ended.
 
Along with the representative of EIEC, the webinars were led by invited experts in different fields of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia. The participation in the webinars was free for any school or university student, parent or teacher.
 
During the Covid-19 pandemic, EIEC was functioning remotely. The Centre actively continues working on non-formal education to promote environmental and agricultural education and raise awareness.
6/8/2020
The competition “Take Care of the Environment and Win” announced on May 22,  International Day of Biological Diversity has ended today, June 5, World Environment Day.

The eco contest organized by the organization “Let’s Protect the Cleanness of Georgia” was aiming at involving schoolchildren and their families in the different environmental activities, in the framework of which participants were requested to create messages and materials related to the environment protection. 160 schoolchildren across the whole country participated in the contest and they created various works of different types with the involvement of their family members.

The best works of the competition were nominated by the jury consisted of the representatives of LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture, and Sport of Georgia, Waste Management Company, non-governmental environmental organizations - The Greens Movement of Georgia, CENN, Orkisi and Let’s Protect the Cleanness of Georgia. Three winners nominated by the jury will be awarded eco-friendly prizes.
 
6/5/2020
With the joint organization of LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre and the EU, World Environment Day has been celebrated in Georgia. Within the celebration of this day, the informational campaign “Green Week” has been held to raise public awareness.
 
As part of the campaign, “Green Lesson” on the importance of biodiversity, its main threats and
challenges has been conducted by Mariam Archuadze, the representative of the EIEC .
 
Within the framework of the campaign, artist-caricaturist Zaal Sulakauri held drawing lesson for children “ How to Drow Biodiversity” in which schoolchildren learnt the secrets of drawing different important species.
 
As part of the “Green Week”, webinar – “Biodiversity and Climate Change” has been conducted led by
Kakha Artsivadze, a biodiversity expert.
 
Within the framework of “Green Week”, a social campaign was also planned, during which the 52 Green Tips” about how to live a “greener”, cleaner, healthier, smarter and more environmentally friendly life. On the social network, informational videos about sustainable waste management, eco-facts and online quiz on biodiversity were also posted.
 
6/5/2020

Representatives of the national, non-governmental institutions and environmental protection expert groups were hosted by the Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) at a remote working group session on greenhouse gas emissions, which aspired to familiarize stakeholders and general public on outcomes of national inventory of sectoral greenhouse gas emissions and future plans.
Throughout the remote session, national Inventory of the greenhouse gas emissions in Georgia spanning
1990 – 2017 has been scrutinized from an angle of outcomes and general processes. Attendees were also familiarized with primary outcomes of the respective inventory efforts for the period of 2016 – 2017, that have influenced energy, industry, waste management, agriculture, land use and forestry sectors.
The working meeting has been hosted through the support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) within the framework of the project  “Fourth National Communication and Second Biennial Update Report to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
 

5/29/2020
A special webinar on “Biological Diversity Surrounding Us” has been hosted by the Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) as one of the initiatives aiming at commemorating the International Day for Biological Diversity. The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 as the International Day for Biological Diversity, since 2000. Mr Zurab Gurieladze, Director of the Tbilisi Zoo and Professor of population ecology & conservation biology moderated the webinar and educated attendees on an importance of biological diversity, entailing all the challenges of embracing the latter in Georgia, as well as complementary actions and examples of tackling incumbent drawbacks. Attendees were also empowered to pose questions and enjoy feedback. 

The slogan for the International Day for Biological Diversity in 2020 is “Our solutions are in nature”, which embraces the importance of being bound with the nature. Commemorating the respective Day and raising awareness among the public for adhering the latter – serves a purpose to reiterate the importance of building a future of life in harmony with nature.

Amidst the turmoil of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the EIEC has successfully paved a path, similar to other educational institutions, for switching to remote instruction mode. The International Day for Biological Diversity has also been celebrated remotely, entailing the following competitions: a contest among pupils on creative works “the role of biological diversity in our life”, as well as a competition on graphic posters on “our solutions are in nature’. Moreover, posters and tips aiming at raising awareness have been published – empowering the general public to familiarize themselves on the importance of biological diversity and key challenges, as well as inspiring each one of us to preserve biological diversity and safeguard the future generations with it.  

 
5/24/2020
As a nationwide effort, the Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) successfully embarks on a journey for engaging diverse age groups of pupils to environmental and agricultural webinars: waste management, history of the planet, soil degradation, humans’ environmental rights, sustainable development, history of the Georgian wine. Apart from the EIEC team, the lectures enjoy participation of expert engagement from the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA).

A total number of attendees within the seminars has numbered to 201.

The EIEC team has cultivated non-formal education as a crucial effort for promoting and enhancing agricultural education and awareness raising initiatives. Amidst the turmoil of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the EIEC has successfully paved a path, similar to other educational institutions, for switching to remote instruction mode, thus offering online webinars to any pupil.

Throughout the remote educational process, any person professing an interest, whether pupil, their parent or teacher may fill out an indicated registration form: http://tiny.cc/hiqxmz; followed with making a choice of a topic that interests him/her and later – join forces with the EIEC team in planning a webinar for any age group of pupils.
5/8/2020
As a nationwide effort, the Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) successfully embarks on a journey for engaging diverse age groups of pupils to environmental and agricultural webinars: waste management, biological diversity, soil degradation, climate change, protection of atmospheric air, correlation between wine and food. Apart from the EIEC team, the lectures enjoy participation of expert engagement from the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA).

A total number of attendees within the seminars has numbered to 287.

The EIEC team has cultivated non-formal education as a crucial effort for promoting and enhancing agricultural education and awareness raising initiatives. Amidst the turmoil of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the EIEC has successfully paved a path, similar to other educational institutions, for switching to remote instruction mode, thus offering online webinars to any pupil.

Throughout the remote educational process, any person professing an interest, whether pupil, their parent or teacher may fill out an indicated registration form: http://tiny.cc/hiqxmz; followed with making a choice of a topic that interests him/her and later – join forces with the EIEC team in planning a webinar for any age group of pupils.
 
5/2/2020
The Earth Day has been commemorated by the LEPL Environmental Information and Education Center (EIEC) through hosting a webinar on “History of a planet spanning across Protoplanet to Blue Planet”.

In the course of the webinar, a representative of the EIEC spoke about the nebular theory of the planet formation, as well as formation of earth and moon, continents, life and development of life on earth.
Attendees of the webinar professed interest on contemporary obstacles of the Blue Planet, especially key theme and drawbacks of 2020 Earth Day – climate change and role of each of the planet’s dwellers in tackling the change.

More than 100 attendees nationwide joined the webinar, enjoyed the discussion and posed questions on the topics and matters in their scope of interest, with regard to environmental issues.

The Earth Week hosted by the LEPL Environmental Information and Education Center (EIEC) enjoyed wide-range of online activities for the public. We can all join forces and aspire to a cleaner, safe and sustainable future!
4/23/2020
Educators and teachers of civic education, biology and geography of the Akhmeta municipality, as well as specialists working on pre-school establishments have been on board of training efforts deployed by the LEPL Environmental Information and Education Center (EIEC) under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA).

The trainings on “integrating environmental and agricultural issues into educational processes” aspire at raising awareness among the teachers and fostering harmonization of the environmental and agricultural issues into curricula.

Representatives of the EIEC have professed high interest into discussing the matter of soil degradation of the Akhmeta municipality and harmful practice of burning fields. Apart from scrutinizing agricultural matters, trainers also emphasized on environmental matters, such as quality of atmospheric air at villages and causes for polluting the latter, which features a negative practice of burning leafs, loss of biological diversity and climate change. Theoretical aspects have been combined with the practical input, which entailed engaging educators and teachers into discussions; attendees have been provided with informational leaflets and other educational materials, which they can utilize for their upcoming activities.

The EIEC has planned trainings for the Gardabani municipality’s public schools and pre-school educational institutions and their educations, who will be engaged into trainings on environmental and agricultural issues. A total number of 200 teachers will be involved into the efforts. The second phase of the efforts aspires to engage these teachers/educators into a contest announced by the EIEC and complement the planning process of various environmental activities for pupils/children.
 
3/9/2020
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