“Ecological Awareness and Waste Management” Regional meeting in Guria Region
The NGO “Ecological Awareness and Waste Management” (EAWM) conducted the second regional meeting on December 11, 2017 in Ozurgeti, Guria region. Meeting was held in the framework of the ‘Clean Up Georgia – Phase III” Project aiming at informing the governance of the region on the hazardous waste (chlorine/chemicals) and threats caused by them on the territory of Georgia and in particular on the territory of Guria region.
The results of hazardous waste inventory, implemented in the framework of the project and the statistic data of detected hazards were presented at the meeting. Also there was discussed the current situation in Guria region regarding the threats caused by hazardous wastes (namely, chlorine / chemicals), and the presumed ways of solving problems.
In addition there were discussed the threats caused by chlorine (among them, cases on the territory of Georgia), utilization methods, security measures and issues related to HW management problems, the role of the government, prevention, etc.
Project coordinators instructed participants on the safety response measures to be addressed to avoid similar cases. In addition, participants discussed the negative impact of expired chemicals on human health existing in school laboratories.
The meeting was attended by the representatives of the Administration of Governor of Guria region, The Department of Environmental Supervision, Emergency Situations Management Agency, “Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia” Ltd and the representatives of all municipalities of Guria region.
Meeting raised interest among participants, who expressed their readiness to cooperate with the project. Project coordinators distributed Safety Action Plans, Hazardous Waste Management Guidelines, information Brochures, EAWM flyers, Emergency Response Communication Plans and recommendations, published within the framework of the project, among the participants of the meeting.
The "Clean Up Georgia-Phase III" project is implemented by a Consortium of NGOs "Ecological Awareness and Waste Management", Georgian Society of Nature Explorers "Orchis" and "Greens Movement of Georgia/Friends of the Earth -Georgia" with the financial support of the Swedish Government.