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The LEPL Environmental Information and Education Center (EIEC) under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) hosted a meeting at the Telavi municipality on reducing the risk of climate-driven disasters in Georgia.
The meeting aspired at raising awareness among the local dwellers due to priority of the project to complement capacity building of local dwellers toward risk of climate-driven disasters.
The meeting was supported by the joint efforts of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Government of Georgia and the Government of Sweden. The project aspires to adopt a proactive integrated climate risk management (CRM) approach centered on risk reduction, prevention, and preparedness through the establishment of a multi-hazard early warning system, as well as various infrastructural and educational activities.
Director of the EIEC delivered opening remarks and briefed on aspirations of the project and vital role of local communities’ engagement for risks prevention of disasters as an aftermath of climate change.
Informational meetings will entail each and every vulnerable municipality and will engage representatives of local authorities, local NGOs, community organizations, media, educational institutions, as well as pupils and students.
The project was launched in 2019 and will be implemented throughout the next 7 years.
 
3/2/2020
The LEPL Environmental Information and Education Center (EIEC) hosted a meeting in frames of the Global Water Partnership, which aimed at expanding engagement of women into the field of environmental protection and climate change, upon focusing on water resources. The meeting enjoyed presence of Azerbaijani and Turkmenistan delegation members, who professed an interest into learning more about the MEPA’s work. 

In the course of the meeting, representatives of the MEPA’s environmental and climate change department – Ms Nino Gokhelashvili, Ms Mariam Makarova, Ms Maia Javakhishvili briefed delegation members on their professional experience and also dwelled on incumbent challenges in Georgia. Also, attendees scrutinized water resource management, climate change and accessibility to information. The meeting was conducted as a Q&A session. 
 
2/25/2020

Educators and teachers of civic education, biology and geography of the Dedoplistskaro 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 Dedoplistskaro 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 Dedoplistskaro 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. 

An upcoming phase of the program 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.
 

2/24/2020

The LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) hosted a meeting with pupils of village Mughanlo public school for Azerbaijani-speaking community and Ms Nino Tandilashvili, Deputy Minister of MEPA to discuss the importance of environmental protection. The meeting has been hosted in frames of the project aiming at integration of non-Georgian language schools. 

“I am delighted to welcome you at the LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre and see how much interest you have professed into the Ministry’s work, as well as environmental protection. One of the core aspirations of the MEPA is to protect environment. You will all agree with me on how beautiful Georgia is and how vital it is to safeguard our country. We run number of contests and projects for the pupils. We have announced a call for accepting students to the Eco-Leaders School, which will empower you to learn more about the field and acquire new knowledge from highly competent speakers. Gradually, environmental sector becomes much more appealing to youngsters willing to pursue their education; while there is a need to recruit new specialists. We hope to see more young people joining the respective direction. The Ministry is always open to pupils, who profess interest into acquiring knowledge in environmental protection and agriculture” – Deputy Minister Tandilashvili stated. 

Pupils attended a lecture on “sustainable development” at the EIEC, aiming at educating pupils on environmental protection and agriculture. Throughout the day, pupils visited the National Environmental Agency’s laboratory, which empowered them to observe how analyses of water, soil, air samples and the respective chemical and microbiological process is carried out. Also, pupils from the Gardabani municipality’s school visited the National Wine Agency, observed Wine Museum, oldest cellar and an ethnological corner, which is a home to more than 25, 000 bottles of wine – including some of the most unique types of Georgian wine. 
 

2/23/2020
Head of educational programs division at the LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC), Mr Lasha Lobzhanidze has been invited to Brussels, by the European Commission, to attend a meeting for Eastern Partnership countries – hosted by the Directorate-General for Climate Action.  The core objective of the meeting has been establishing a platform for sharing expertise on environmental education efforts, as well as deepen future cooperation prospects.
In the course of the meeting, Mr Lobzhanidze briefed on educational efforts on environment delivered by the LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) for raising awareness on climate change, as well as programs/projects commenced and outcomes drawn. 
 
2/19/2020

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture-elaborated draft law on “Industrial Emissions” has been published with entailing legal documents for public scrutiny. 
The respective draft law has been elaborated in accordance with the requirements set forth by the European Union, European Atomic Energy Community and the EU-Georgia Association Agreement. The draft law las been harmonized with the Industrial Emissions Directive (Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010 on industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control), which is a European Union directive which sets the new legislative bases control and reduce the impact of industrial missions, issuing an integrated permissions for an industrial operations causing pollution, terms, oversight over implementation control, authority/responsibility of state bodies and physical/legal entities and etc. 
Public hearing will take place at the LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) on March 13, 2020, at 15:00 o’clock, EIEC’s conference hall (address: 6, Marshal Gelovani avenue, administrative building # 2, 2nd floor). It shall also be noted that the primary version of the draft law has been published on MEPA’s web-page on April 24, 2019. 
We encourage you to submit your proposals and feedback by March 10, 2020 at a following address: Akaki.Veltauri@mepa.gov.ge
Hearing of the draft law is open to any attendee! In case you profess an interest, please, inform us by March 13, 2020 at the following contact: Akaki.Veltauri@mepa.gov.ge; Mob: 591 819 611.
 

2/19/2020
The LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) has joined forces with the Rural Development Agency’s regional liaison staff for conducting training of trainers (ToT) on environmental matters. 

The three-day-course has been shaped to entail matters, such as waste management, sustainable management of water resources, forest and biodiversity, presentation and communication skills. 

The core objective of the ToT has been to complement capacity building of the Rural Development Agency’s regional unit’s staff members. 
 
2/13/2020

The LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) hosted a training “environmental education for educational institutions” at the village Ditsi, nearby the ABL. Pupils from the Ditsi, Arbo, Mereti and Karbi schools and pre-school institutions attended the training. 

Head of the EIEC, Ms Tamar Aladashvili spoke to the attendees on the importance of environmental education. The core aspect of these meetings was to host training on environmental matters, thus Ms Aladashvili briefed dwellers of the villages nearby the ABL on the importance of implementing environmental programming through meaningful engagement of them, which will surely result into future cooperation. 

The LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) will continue conducting the trainings and educational initiatives for the dwellers nearby the ABL and their respective educational institutions. 
 

2/12/2020
The LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) hosted inspection trainings for the sub-agency Environmental Supervision Department and its respective inspectors deployed in Tbilisi. 

The training efforts have aspired to discuss matters related to the European requirements on storage and distribution of petrol, as well as organic-manure combinations of paint, entailing capacities for adhering to these requirements and enforcing them. These regulations and their effective enforcement serve as a remedy to decrease emissions and an aftermath resulting into decreasing ozone concentration throughout storage and distribution of petrol.

Foreign and Georgian educators had joined efforts for familiarizing attendees on the content and context of the legislative requirements, as well as the best European practice of enforcing these regulations into practice. Cultivating the new requirements and practices will complement implementation process of the European Union Association Agreement (AA) and fulfillment of the requirements, which are set forth, respectively. 

The trainings have been hosted in frames of the project “Support to implementation of the Environmental provisions of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement”.
 
 
2/8/2020
The LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) has joined forces with the Rural Development Agency to host a training for the MEPA’s call center’s operators. The training aimed at providing operators with the latest information, thus ensure engagement of each and every LEPL and environmental protection unit/department within the MEPA’s system. 

24 operators of the call center have been trained within the respective training effort. 
 
2/5/2020
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.
2/5/2020
The LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) has hosted awareness-raising lecture-seminars for various public schools of the Borjomi municipality. The topic of these sessions has been eco-system services, which empowered attendees to learn more about matters, such as eco-system services, assessment methods for these services and importance of the latter’s sustainability. 

In the course of the sessions, pupils made presentations on their insights through group work and sustainable use of eco-system services. 
 
2/4/2020
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