The launch event for the new EU-funded ‘Green Guria – Supporting Local Democracy and Rural Development for Inclusive and Resilient Green Growth’ project was held in Ozurgeti Techno Park, Guria.
The project, launched by the Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN), aims to reduce poverty and improve the economic and social environment and living conditions of vulnerable rural communities in the Guria region.
Over three years, the project will operate in the Ozurgeti, Lanchkhuti, and Chokhatauri municipalities. The project will establish Local Action Groups (LAGs) in these municipalities and develop local development strategies that prioritise the needs of young people and various vulnerable groups. It will also promote sustainable practices and diversification of the local economy, and empower women, youth, civic organisations and communities.
Representatives of the European Union, local self-government and civil society, and local entrepreneurs attended the launch event.
“The European Union has been financing the rural development programme in Georgia for ten years,” said Ketevan Khutsishvili from the EU Delegation to Georgia. “We very much hope that the involvement of local communities will contribute to a better future in the Guria region.”
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