The project follows earlier EU-supported rural development actions under ENPARD in Borjomi, Lagodekhi and Kazbegi municipalities. This year, EU launches rural development projects in five new municipalities including Dedoplistskaro, also Tetritskaro, Akhalkalaki, Keda and Khulo.
At the launching event, opening speeches were delivered by Ekaterine Zviadadze, Head of Policy-Analysis Department, Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia; Alvaro Ortega Aparicio, Attaché, Programme Manager for Environment and Rural Development, EU Delegation to Georgia; Detlef Dix, Project Director (HEKS-EPER), Malkhaz Merabishvili, Dedoplistskaro Municipality, Deputy Gamgebeli, and Nugzar Papiashvili, Dedoplistskaro Council.
Representatives of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Dedoplistskaro local authorities, private and civil society sectors attended the event. Members of the Dedoplistskaro community, potential beneficiaries of the project also took part.
Under the ENPARD program, the European Union supports rural and agricultural development in different regions of Georgia. This project will create new social and economic opportunities in Dedoplistskaro municipality, and through the European LEADER approach, community members, public and private sector representatives will be actually engaged in their area development processes,
stated Alvaro Ortega Aparicio, Programme Manager for Environment and Rural Development at the EU Delegation to Georgia.
According to the Project Director, Detlef Dix, “PROCEED” will mobilize Dedoplistskaro community members to build a better future for themselves. “Improving the livelihoods in Dedoplistskaro is very important for the future of the municipality. But this can only be achieved under an active participation of the people, based on a trustful cooperation between all local actors from civil society and local authorities.” – said Mr. Dix.
Rural development has an important role to play in the sustainable development of Georgia. The key to boosting employment and improving living conditions in rural areas is diversifying the economy and moving away from an over-reliance on agriculture.
The European Union is supporting rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. The support is grounded on the best European practices in the field and involves improving livelihoods of rural communities through creating economic opportunities and promoting local public-private partnerships.
Implemented since 2013 the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. For more information please visit: www.enpard.ge