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With EU support Dedoplistskaro Local Action Group took a study tour to Spain

With EU support Dedoplistskaro Local Action Group took a study tour to Spain

On 15 – 22 September 2019, the members of the EU-supported Dedoplistskaro Local Action Group (LAG) visited Spain, Andalusia region for a study tour. The Mayor of Dedoplistskaro Municipality and the Head of the Department of Policy and Analytics at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia also participated in the visit.  
The event participants had an opportunity to learn about principles of the LEADER, involvement of the LAGs in the process of the Local Development Strategy and projects selection procedures. The participants of the study tour visited the cities and villages of the region, where they met Mayors of the cities and the managers of the LAGs operating in the regions. The visitors were introduced to the examples of projects and productions supported by the LAGs – rose and olive nursery, orange marmalade enterprise, hydroponics-based tomato greenhouse, olive oil factory, hotels facilities and others.    
The most interesting for the visitors was an educational, sports and cognitive profile hotel-facility “Centro de Naturaleza Canada Verde” in the city of Hornachuelos, that is bordering with Hornachuleos Proteccted Area (Sierra de Hornachuelos Nature Reserve). Also, great interest was caused by the Occupational Day Care Centre (“Centro Ocupacional “ACCI” Guadix”) in the city of Guadix, that provides services for people with intellectual disabilities by involving them in individual and group programs.  
The study tour parties discussed future joint activities that aim to attract investments in various sectors in order to enhance capacities of the Dedoplistskaro municipality, for example, to study the feasibility of olive production in Dedoplistskaro with an aim to promote this culture. 
The study tour was organized the framework of the EU-supported project “Promoting Citizen Engagement for Economic Development (PROCEED)” and implemented with the effort of the Loyola Andalusia University, Development and Cooperation ETEA foundation and HEKS-EPER Georgia.
The EU-supported ENPARD II project “Promoting Citizen Engagement for Economic Development (PROCEED)” is implemented by HEKS/EPER Georgia in partnership with the Biological Farming Association “Elkana”. The project aims at contributing to the reduction of poverty in the Dedoplistskaro Municipality of the Kakheti region in Eastern Georgia. 
The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through the ENPARD programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and the third phases focuses on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at www.enpard.ge.