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June 30 – July 1, 2020 – With EU support, organizational development workshops for the members of Tsalka’s Local Action Group (LAG) continue. This time, a two-day strategic development workshop was held between Tsalka LAG members, CENN and GFA representatives and PMCG experts.

The main purpose of the meeting was to become acquainted with and develop detailed mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating the action plan of the Tsalka Local Development Strategy developed within the framework of the project “EMBRACE Tsalka”.

For two days, members of the Tsalka LAG have been actively working with experts to develop mechanisms for implementing and evaluating activities under the Tsalka Local Development Action Plan. During the first phase of the workshop, Tsalka LAG discussed in detail the tasks outlined in the action plan and the activity indicators, and in the second phase, the first working version of the document was developed. 

During the workshop, experts shared with the participants other successful EU ENPARD project examples of strategy implementation and discussed the possible threats and advantages of the implementation of the Tsalka local development action plan.

The action strategy developed during the workshop will be used by Tsalka LAG at different stages of the project “EMBRACE Tsalka” implementation process in Tsalka municipality. 

The project “EMBRACE Tsalka” is implemented under the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) by organization CENN, in partnership with the Georgian Farmers’ Association (GFA) and German partner organization – Institute for Rural Development Research (IfLS).

The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural populations that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: