With the support of EU, a series of regional workshops on rural development are planned in Kvemo Kartli (Rustavi, 7 March), Shida Kartli (Gori, 9 March), Samtskhe-Javakheti (Akhaltsikhe, 16 March), Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti (Zugdidi, 21 March), Guria (Ozurgeti, 22 March), Autonomous Republic of Ajara (Batumi, 23 March), Imereti (Kutaisi, 26 March), Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti (Ambrolauri, 27 March), Mtskheta-Mtianeti (Mtskheta, 29 March) and Kakheti (Telavi, 2 April).
The objective of these workshops is to promote the rural development policy agenda of Georgia through building capacity of high-level officials of local self-government bodies to foster enhanced, strategic and effective approaches to sustainable rural development in Georgia.
The particular attention will be provided to the Rural Development Action Plan of Georgia for 2018-2020, engagement of local communities and introduction of the European models of rural development, including the LEADER approach to community-led local development. Participants, jointly with thematic experts, will discuss economic, environmental and social issues, such as sustainable management of forests, protection of biodiversity and climate change, social inclusion, poverty reduction, economic growth and development in rural areas.
Workshops are planned under the European Union’s Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) and is organized by the Policy and Management Consulting Group (PMCG) supported by the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure and the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia with assistance from the European Union (EU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The European Union (EU) is supporting rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Aiming to reduce rural poverty in Georgia, ENPARD has been implemented since 2013, with the total budget of EUR 179.5 million. The first phase of ENPARD focused on developing the national agriculture potential, while the second and third phases focus on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.
- Sophie Tchitchinadze, UNDP in Georgia, +995 599 196907, firstname.lastname@example.org.