The third international workshop

In May 28th the third international workshop was organised in Kobuleti Municipality, Georgia.The event was organised in hybrid format, local participants from Georgia participated on site however the representatives from partner countries participated distantly via Zoom platform. Despite the fact that partners have no chance to meet each other physically the conference was really fruitful and successful.  The stakeholders had a great opportunity to exchange ideas and experience with their colleagues, sharing the specificity of the topics in preserving the national heritage while using it as tourist attraction and as a mean of bringing together the nations in terms of culture and history. The discussions and presentations was based around the theme “Green Tourism Potential in the Black Sea Basin Regions”.

The stakeholders from all six partner country had chance to share their own experiences with regard green tourism potential in their regions.

During the workshop was broadcasted the video footage: Kobuleti Municipality – Cradle of Ancient, Historical and Natural Heritages. As international participants were not able to travel to Georgia to attend physically the event, as well as to go for the study visit, the video footage was prepared to provide unique opportunity for the stakeholders to get familiar with Kobuleti Municipality and to avaluate its tourist and energy efficient potential in heritage protection.

This kind of events respond to the necessity of the target group for obtaining opportunity for closing up the business environments, public authorities and heritage institutions and organisations from the Black Sea countries and facilitating the mutual relations. Multicultural and multidiverse events possess a strong potential to become traditional ones, as these correspond to the stakeholders aims and help them keep constantly updated. Additionally, the publicity of such forums and events attracts the users, which is additional benefit for the Black Sea tourist business.

 

Kolkheti National Park

Within the project “Green Tourism and Historical Heritage – a stepping stone for the development of the Black Sea Basin” (GreeTHis) representatives of NALAG organised the third site visit which took place in May 27th in the Kolkheti National Park located in Poti and Lanchkhuti Municipalities.

Kolkheti National Park –  the first natural site in Georgia, is nominated on the UNESCO World Heritage List, for its Colchic forests and wetland.  The Kolkheti Lowlands received international attention for the first time in 1996 when Georgia joined the Ramsar Convention – an intergovernmental treaty on wetlands of international importance, especially those that serve as habitats for waterfowl. Park is in the emerald network as well, which is ecological cooperation, created in order to make up special conservation interest. You will be astonished how many birds are migrating here, especially in late spring and early autumn.  Wetlands are an important resting and staging area for thousands of water birds migration between Northern Eurasia and Africa.  

Come and see how dolphins enjoy their day in the Black Sea and do not forget to take a boat tour on “Georgian Amazon,” – Paliastomi Lake and Pichori River awaits you! Do you love kayaking or boat tour? Come and discover Kolkheti National Park then. 

You are able to have a tour in Colchic forest and visit unique wetlands. After a long day enjoy picnic. Do not postpone, and spend the week-end in Kolkheti National Park. All you need is grabbing your backpack and enjoy vacations in Kolkheti National Park.

2nd Business breakfasts co-organized by BSC Programme /NALAG, Georgia/

The joint workshop  co-financed by BSC Programme,  N4ED and UNDP took place in Tbilisi and Batumi, in March 12, 2021. The aim of the workshop was announcing Georgian municipalities for the implementation of their Best Practices during 2020-2021 period.   Nine Georgian Municipalities were selected and received special recognitions: Bolnisi Municipality Project – “Establishment of an Effective Business Platform in Bolnisi”; Tskaltubo Municipality Project – “Establishment and financial support of the “Children’s Inclusive Center”; Senaki Municipality Project – “Economic Development of Senaki through Tourism Promotion”; Self-Governing City of Rustavi Project – “Creation and operation of municipal service Chat-Bot”; Ozurgeti Municipality Project – “Be a co-ruler” – participatory budgeting”; Self-Governing City of Poti – “Youth’ Ideas for Poti” and „Fostering Green Tourism“; Self-Governing City of Kutaisi Project– “Kutaisi Information Center for Combating COVID-19”; Marneuli Municipality Project – “Measures taken by Marneuli Municipality to prevent the spread of COVID-19”; Telavi Municipality Project – “Energy-efficiency of municipal kindergarten buildings and creation of a biomass supply chain (an alternative energy supply) to reduce emissions”. In addition, 10 successful municipalities, revealed based on the baseline study, conducted within the UNDP initiative “Development of Performance Management System for Street Cleaning and Waste Management Services in 23 Municipalities of Georgia” (MSWM&CS PMS), supported by Swiss, Austrian and Danish governments have been awarded by the UNDP.

The Mayors of municipalities of Georgia, experts, representatives of international and local NGOs attended the event in the conference room and via zoom platforma as well.

National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG) holds BP contest, National Conference on Best Practices and the Award Ceremony annually, for these last three years. 9 best practices have been revealed by the BP 2020 Evaluation Commission and the Steering Committee, out of 22 projects, submitted by the municipalities of Georgia, on 13 announced topics of BPP, as one more theme – The respond of Municipalities to the challenges caused by COVID-19 pandemic, has been added to the 12 good governance topics in 2020 BPP.

This special experience of identification and recognition of the best practice will be encouraging for the municipality itself to make further improvements as well as for other municipalities, serving as good example of success.

Project staff encourages Georgian Municipalities, not only the ones involved in the project but all NALAG member  municipalities,  actively implement activities to promote  Green tourism, energy efficiency, environmental protection etc. activities in their regions. Project staff will continue to promote the BP initiative to give more incentive to the municipalities to contribute in green activities.

#Good examples serve as motivation for others!