On April 22, CENN, with financial support from the EU officially opened the Argokhi Permaculture and Rural Development Center. The event was filled with tree planting, wall painting, a poster exhibition and a short address by local eco-activists and women’s cooperatives.
The Center offers a complete service for organizing training, workshops, working meetings, strategy planning meetings, seasonal schools, Eco-talks and other events. The space will also serve as a hub for local youth who want to work on new projects, learn, and innovate. It offers accommodation for up to 10 people, local farm-to-table cuisine and a selection of resources necessary for work meetings.
The Center is based on permaculture principles and promotes smart, green living in co-existence with our nature.
Permaculture integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies – imitating the no waste, closed loop systems seen in diverse natural systems. Permaculture studies apply holistic solutions that are applicable in rural and urban contexts at any scale. It is a multidisciplinary toolbox including agriculture, water harvesting and hydrology, energy, natural building, forestry, waste management, animal systems, aquaculture, appropriate technology, economics and community development.
Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970, and today includes a wide range of events, joined by 1 billion people in more than 193 countries
The opening of the center was funded by ongoing CENN projects EU4Youth – Development of Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem (SEED) for Green Growth; EU Climate Program (GEO-CAP), both supported by the EU; and Sustainable Forest Management for Rural Development – funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC).
The event was symbolically held on Earth Day, attended by representatives of government agencies, international organizations, NGOs and the private sector. The participants were addressed by the Deputy Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Solomon Pavliashvili; Governor Irakli Shioshvili; the Mayor of Akhmeta Municipality, Alex Pitskhelauri; the Executive Director of KRDF, Board member Iza Bekauri; and CENN Executive Director Nana Janashia.
“It’s been more than 50 years that over 200 countries have been celebrating Earth Day each year. Georgia is no exception,” said Deputy Minister Pavliashvili. “The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture is actively working to raise awareness about environmental challenges such as climate change and its impact, waste management, and the sustainable management of forest and soil resources, among other important environmental topics. I am very happy that today we are joined by incredible youth who are sharing and spreading modern knowledge and information in their communities, and who are role models for our society.”
The center promotes smart, green living in co-existence with our nature
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 every year and its goal is to unite the world’s population under environmental goals. Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970, and today includes a wide range of events, joined by 1 billion people in more than 193 countries. The theme for Earth Day 2022 was “Investing in Our Planet” which focuses on tackling climate change and calls on governments, citizens and businesses to take their share of responsibility in the face of this threat.
“This year’s Earth day theme is Invest in our Planet and is focused on tackling climate change. Therefore, we are celebrating this year’s Earth Day by opening a new center that is based on the principles of permaculture,” stated Nana Janashia, CENN’s Executive Director. “The center was founded by CENN with the support of the EU and aims to raise youth awareness about environmental topics, and to encourage their active engagement.”
In relation with Earth Day, CENN plans yet another exciting event – on April 29, the Organization, with the support of the EU and the Austrian Development Cooperation, plans to launch cleaning campaigns dedicated to Earth Day throughout Georgia.
Those wishing to participate can join in, in Kakheti, Kvemo Kartli, Shida Kartli, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Adjara, Imereti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti regions and pre-selected cleaning places in Tbilisi.
The center was founded by CENN with the support of the EU and aims to raise youth awareness about environmental topics, and to encourage their active engagement
The locations include: Akhmeta, Kachreti (Gurjaani), Mushevani (Bolnisi), Gori, Zemoseri (Khashuri), Akhaltsikhe, the Buknari-Tsikhisdziri coastal area, the surroundings of the Enguri Arch Dam, Tkibuli, and Tbilisi.
Cleaning promotions will be held on April 29, from 3:00 PM.
“Get involved in Earth Day events. Join us to take care of our planet together,” CENN tells society.
The large-scale clean-up campaign is financially supported by ongoing CENN projects – EU4Youth – Development of Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem (SEED) for Green Growth; Georgian Climate Program (GEO-CAP).