International Year of Soils in Georgia

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Saturday, 14 November 2015 19:14

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Swiss Cooperation Office in the South Caucasus and Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia and Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia join hands to celebrate the International Year of Soils in Georgia with a conference in Kachreti on 16 November 2015.

The event will summarise an information campaign launched last summer to promote sustainable land use and managements practices in Georgia and support soil related education in professional colleges and agriculture extension centres.

The conference will bring together representatives of the Georgian Government, farmers associations, researchers and scientists, non-governmental and international organizations, as well as farmers from different regions of Georgia who took part in the Soil Year activities.  

Shombi Sharp, Deputy Head of UNDP in Georgia; Olivier Bürki, Regional Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office for the South Caucasus; David Galegashvili, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Georgia; and Teimuraz Murgulia, Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, will address the participants at an opening session. 

The conference will focus on the pressing economic and environmental issues related to sustainable soil management, including for soil productivity and degradation, biological agriculture and soil protection. Discussions will be blended with practical demonstration of soil protection solutions at the demonstration plots of the Kachreti professional college “Aisi”.

Journalists are invited to attend:

Monday, 16 November 2015, 11:00, Hotel “Ambassadori”, Kachreti.

For those travelling from Tbilisi, transportation will be provided at #7 Mtskheta str., 09:30. 

Media contact:

Sophie Tchitchiandze, UNDP in Georgia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 599 196907

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About the International Year of Soils: The UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS) and nominated the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to implement the IYS 2015, within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership and in collaboration with Governments and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. The International Year of Soils 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.

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