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Webinar: Guidance from the field - ALCP's Investment Manual

Helen Bradbury, Team Leader of ALCP, explains the programme's Investment Manual, a donor-approved guideline for decision-making, implementation and monitoring of ALCP activities.

Jara the Official Trailer #2 - Caucasian Black Grouse (2016)

The second official trailer of Jara.

For more information follow the link: jarathemovie.com

Jara the Official Trailer #1

The official trailer has been released for the documentary Jara. 

Jara is a fairy tale of a one year journey through the mountains of Ajara and of the shifting boundary between human habitat and wild nature.It tells of bees in the forest, of the beauty and ruthlessness of nature, of people and their lives within it.

For more information please see the link: jarathemovie.com

Georgian Smoked Sulguni in New York

TV slot on the programme client Tsezari Kakhadze, who has started distributing smoked sulguni cheese in New York. News article here.

Ecotourism in Ajara

Ecotours Georgia is Tbilisi based company that was established by wildlife conservationists and nature lovers with aim to develop sustainable tourism in Georgia. ALCP Ajara facilitated Ecotours Georgia to expand its activities in Ajara and add nature tours to stimulate rural tourism that is viewed as an opportunity to diversify and improve the local economy. Promotion of this sector can play a significant role in the sustainable development of Ajara rural areas, it can motivate farmers to expand their activities, open up a new selling market of locally sourced products for SSLP’s and link the consumption of local products to their place of origin.

To promote and raise awareness on rural tourism in Ajara region, promotional video was filmed in Ajara protected areas, high mountainous pastures and Batumi Botanical Garden showing the beauty of the local nature, traditions, wildlife, etc.
Follow the link to visit company's official website www.ecotours.ge 

Why the DCED Standard Matters to Us - Helen Bradbury, ALCP

DCED Global Seminar on Results Measurement was held in Bangkok from 14 to 16 March 2016. The presentations and discussions on the topics such as: measuring women's economic empowerment, assessing attribution, measuring job creation, and using results information to manage programmes - were included in the seminar, which is held in every two years by DCED. 130 participants from 38 countries, representing 52 organizations, field programmes and donor agencies - attended the event.

The ALCP presentation by Helen Bradbury (team leader) was named within the top three most appreciated seasons of DCED Global Seminar by the attended audience.

LATEST NEWS
New Beekeeper Info Links Launched
22/05/2020
On the May 20th, 4,400 beekeepers registered in the new GBU database received an SMS notification from the Georgian Beekeepers Union (GBU) on how to treat Varroa, the most common bee disease in Georgia. The GBU will continue informing its members through phone Facebook. And their new official webpage is now online: www.geobeekeepers.ge. Created in 2018, the GBU is an umbrella association uniting ten beekeeping associations and three commercial beekeeping companies.  
Beekeepers Union Keeps Bees Moving
21/05/2020
The Georgian Beekeepers Union (GBU) successfully advocated for permits to be issued for beekeepers allowing them to continue work during the curfew. The Government of Georgia declared the nationwide curfew on March 30th, 2020 to restrict the spread of the COVID-19 virus, prohibiting any movement from 9:00 PM to 06:00 AM. This posed a serious problem for beekeepers who rely on transhumance predominantly at night. In Georgia, bee transhumance allows for beekeepers to place hives at different altitudes to capture the flowering of different plants. Starting from late Spring, Georgian beekeepers start to move apiaries to get different types of honey including Acacia,Chestnut, Alpine, Linden. The transhumance of bees significantly increases their honey productivity. On April 4th, the GBU sent an official letter to the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) asking for the issuing of permission/passes for beekeepers including the guidance it developed for beekeepers during the Covid-19 outbreak. ‘We asked the Minister to mediate with the appropriate agencies to issue special permits, so that beekeepers may access their apiaries and work there, transport beekeeping apiaries for transhumance on pre-determined routes within the curfew conditions.’ – Avksenti Papava, the Director of the GBU. Up to eight hundred beekeepers have already used permits, who are now able to visit apiaries and carry out vital seasonal treatment and maintenance.  Bees are transported at night where possible, because they do not leave a hive during night, which the permit makes possible. ‘I have my apiaries located in the different regions for getting various types of honey. I was very happy to hear about special permit for beekeepers, as it is very active season in beekeeping. I am able to freely move to the locations and do not worry about time limitations’ – Kakhaber Zirakasvili, a beekeeper. Guidance and contact information on getting permits and the Covid-19 recommendations have been shared by the GBU on its facebook page. The Georgian Beekeepers Union (www.geobeekeepers.ge) is an umbrella association uniting ten beekeeping associations and three commercial beekeeping companies with more than four thousand Georgian beekeepers. It was established to represent their interests and to promote the health and development of the honey sector in Georgia with the facilitation of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) project the Mercy Corps Georgia implemented Alliances Caucasus Programme (ALCP).
Kindness is Contagious
19/05/2020
In the midst of anxiety under the COVID-19, some people rise to the occasion when faced with adversity and it is uplifting to hear stories about them. As for many others it has been difficult times for the client businesses of the programme, but they have continued to help people most affected by the current crisis over the past two weeks.   Ten dairy enterprises with the Georgian Milk Mark www.georgianmilk.ge provided cheese for the medical staff of hospitals in the frontline of battling the virus as well as people under quarantine and locals in the lockdown areas in the different regions of Georgia, who have limited access to the markets. ‘It is now important to show support to each other. I was very happy to see reactions from people, who were very surprised and thankful. I think those GMM enterprises set very good example for others.’ – A GMM cheese distributor.   The Georgian Beekeepers Union (www.geobeekeepers.ge), uniting ten beekeeping associations and three commercial beekeeping companies supplied 1.2 tonnes of honey for further distribution among medical staff and vulnerable groups. The Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking group’s (programme facilitated honey aggregator and exporter company) forty-one rooms hotel-complex is being used as a quarantine zone, the company also supplied food to locals over seventy in two regions of Georgia within a social project ‘Care for Each Other’ initiated after the virus outbreak and is now offering online sales and a free home delivery of its products (wine, compotes, jams, including, honey); the company’s webpage Old Kakheti went online to improve online sales. These are a few examples and continuation of the kindness acts that started a month ago.
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Covid-19 Guidance for Beekeepers
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